LA Angels Trade Block: Making Big Trades with AL West Rivals

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23: Albert Pujols
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23: Albert Pujols /
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Texas Rangers

After a big offseason so far and more moves to make, the Texas Rangers have a rock solid rotation as they aim for playoff contention in 2020. This makes prospect Joe Palumbo more dispensable for them than he was a few weeks ago, and the Angels should be all in on acquiring him.

First off, the players going to Texas. Brian Goodwin has three years of control and is an above-averagee hitter who can play any outfield spot. While the Rangers’ outfield seems crowded, there’s always room for a player like Goodwin.

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Taylor Ward is looking like a utility player going forward, and a change of scenery could be exactly what he needs. Garrett Stallings was a very successful college pitcher, and projects mostly as a #4 or #5 starter.

Now, onto Palumbo. With a lanky frame, he has deceptively powerful pitches, with his fastball topping out at 96 MPH. His offspeed offerings are effective against both left-handed and right-handed hitters, especially his plus curveball. He seems to be a mature pitcher on the mound as well, and had a phenomenal season at AAA last year. While he might not be ready for the MLB by Opening Day, Palumbo will be ready sooner rather than later for a big league role.