David Price is the LA Angels Best Trade Target
After missing out on all of the top free agent pitchers, the LA Angels must turn to the trade market to fill their need. David Price of the Boston Red Sox is available, and the Halo’s best fit.
I know what you’re thinking, LA Angels fans. And yes, David Price is extremely expensive and coming off a 4.28 ERA season at the age of 34. Under contract for three more years at $32 million, the numbers and cost is extremely high.
However, Price might also be the cheapest to acquire despite his rich contract.
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The Boston Red Sox are in a weird position financially. Ownership wants to cut costs, and if they can’t find a taker for Price they’ll have to seriously consider trading away top-five player Mookie Betts. It drops Price’s asking price, and the Angels are a great candidate to trade for the former Cy Young.
The need is obviously there, and while the cost is intense, the Angels have the space to afford it as long as the Red Sox take on some of Price’s remaining deal. However, the more that the Angels take on financially, the cheaper it’ll be to acquire Price.
Rather than trading one of their top prospects and only pay part of Price’s contract, the Angels have the option to essentially take on Price and his bad deal for the cost of some lower ranked players.
On top of the low cost it could take to acquire Price, his fit in Anaheim would be great. He’d move to a pitcher’s ballpark while also reuniting with his old skipper in Joe Maddon. Prior to an injury-riddled 2019, Price had pitched well as a Red Sox, and I still believe he has some gas left in the tank. Being a southpaw with Andrelton Simmons and Anthony Rendon on the left side of the infield will certainly be nice, as well.
There’s a reason trading for David Price wasn’t the Angels main plan this offseason. It probably wasn’t their second, third, or fourth plan, either. However, Price is the best fit for this team after they swung and missed in free agency. The price in a trade could vary depending on how much of Price’s contract the Angels are willing to take on, but David Price is the best fit for the Angels at this point in the offseason.