LA Angels Trade Market: Hunting for Starters in the AL Central
Kansas City Royals
This move is more on the side of how the Angels have attacked the offseason. While he does have some upside, Brad Keller can be another pitcher the Angels can rely on throughout the season. In his first full year as a starter in 2019, Keller posted a 4.19 ERA while making 28 starts. He was one of the few bright spots during the Royals abysmal season.
However, the Royals are just beginning what is going to be a long, long rebuild. By the end of it, Keller could very well be a free agent. Trading him now makes sense, even if he has the control.
This wouldn’t be like the Dylan Bundy trade for the Angels. They’d have to give up some top prospects, which we have going to them in this trade.
Chris Rodriguez is arguably the most talented pitching prospect the Angels have, and if he can get healthy could be a rock solid #3 option in the MLB. Michael Hermosillo is an outfielder capable of playing all three spots, and consistent at-bats in Kansas City could help his offensive game develop. Jeremy Beasley could end up as a starter, but at worst has the tools to be an exceptional multi-inning option out of the bullpen.