St. Louis Cardinals
If you’re reading this and don’t actually know who any of these three players are, I understand. However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that this trade couldn’t have some great value and potential for the Angels.
Alex Reyes is a former top ten prospect in all of baseball. In his first taste of pro ball in 2016, Reyes posted a 1.57 in 12 games (five starts). Then, he had Tommy John surgery. Upon his return in 2018, he only pitched one game before being diagnosed with a torn tendon. Back healthy in 2019, he disappointed with a 15.00 ERA in four games. The Cardinals optioned him quickly, and seem to have given up on the 25-year old.
This is just a classic buy-low trade for the Angels. Reyes has elite potential as a starter, and could even help out of the bullpen. His injury history is scary, but the talent he has on the mound is unmatched by anyone in the Angels organization right now other than Shohei Ohtani.
Livan Soto and Garrett Stallings are both Top 30 prospects for the Angels, coming in at 16 and 29 respectively. Soto is a middle infielder with solid contact skills at the plate. Stallings is an older pitcher who could be brought up as either a starter or reliever. He has elite knowledge of how to pitch a game, and finds ways to deceive hitters consistently and play mistake-free baseball.