LAA Angels Trading Block: Blockbuster With Boston, Filling Holes in AL East
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay was one of, if not the, hardest teams to find a deal to make with. Their roster is cheap, affordable, and they’re a contending team who likely won’t be trading away any of their starting pitchers.
So, we had to go to the minor leagues for this trade and make a trade for right-handed pitcher Brent Honeywell. As the #68 prospect in baseball, the package for Honeywell isn’t light. The Angels send Brandon Marsh, who is arguably a top 100 prospect in baseball, as well as infielder Kevin Maitan, who is slowly making progress in the minor leagues.
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So who is Brent Honeywell? Angels fans won’t like the sound of this, but he has missed the past two years due to elbow injuries. The first required Tommy John surgery, and Honeywell followed that up with a fracture in his right elbow. At 25-years old though, he is slated to return to action in 2020, and should be in the chase for a rotation spot.
Honeywell has an entire slate of five pitches that are above-average. If not for his injuries, he’d have a case as the best pitching prospect in baseball. He has the velocity, movement, IQ on the mound, and command to debilitate opposing hitters.
If the Angels can acquire Honeywell, he could be the ace the team needs alongside Shohei Ohtani after a year or two. And in the meantime, he’d help the team win now as a mid-rotation arm as he learns the ins and outs of the MLB.