Admittedly, I am not 100% certain on this trade. Robbie Ray had a down season last year, but is a prime bounce back candidate and (assuming the Angels sign at least one top-tier pitcher this offseason), would be an exceptional piece in the middle of the Angels rotation. Given the Angels’ need for as much starting pitching as possible, I think this is a deal they could explore.
The Diamondbacks have a huge hole in their outfield, and have reportedly been in on the center fielder market. Despite having an elite player in Ketel Marte, they seem to want him logging innings at second base rather than in the outfield. If they hope to accomplish that, they’ll need to sign or trade for a capable center field.
Brian Goodwin proved to be just that last year, and was a great hitter when given consistent playing time. When his playing time stagnated, his numbers dipped some. However, if he was made the Diamondbacks main center fielder, I don’t think they’d be disappointed in the results.
This is all dependent on one player that has yet to be mentioned: Jo Adell. The Angels top prospect has had a breakout offseason, and seems ready to take over as the future in right field. If the Angels are confident in his abilities, this trade is essentially sending the team’s fourth outfielder for a pitcher with ace-level potential.
That’s what we like to call a no-brainer, folks.