LA Angels Trade Block: Finding Aces in the NL East
After the huge signing of Anthony Rendon by the LA Angels, their next moves need to focus on pitching help. These trades with each National League East team help in that endeavor.
The LA Angels seem to be showing a willingness to deal their young players combined with an eagerness to win now, so these mock trades may seem more realistic than ever as Billy Eppler is usually hesitant to deal prospects away. That, needless to say, has changed now.
New York Mets
We’ve been over this one more than enough times. Without a doubt, the best pitcher that is even “maybe” on the market is Noah Syndergaard. He has elite stuff on the mound, and is the Angels’ best available trade target.
How available he really is is the question. The Mets have retooled their rotation this offseason by signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha to one-year deals. While this seemingly gives them a good amount of starters in case of injury, it also provides enough depth if they were to trade away one of their top arms, such as Syndergaard.
The package the Angels present to the Mets give them three young players who will be able to contribute at some point in 2020. Patrick Sandoval showed down the line in 2019 he has legit mid-rotation stuff, if not better. Luis Rengifo is a super-utility player in the making with extreme potential. Brandon Marsh is the best Angels prospect available for trade talks.
This deal would give the Angels one of the best top of the rotations in baseball assuming Shohei Ohtani returns to form and they sign one of the second-tier starters available in free agency. It increases the ceiling of this team exponentially for years to come.