If baseball returns in 2020, the Angels are poised to improve after several disappointing finishes. Could they shake up their roster in the process?
Nobody knows if baseball will be played in 2020, but if a season is somehow scheduled, it promises to be filled with twists and turns unlike any other season in Major League history.
A compressed schedule will most certainly place teams in unique situations as they evaluate competitive realities in a different light than they would have over a normal 162-game marathon.
Does this mean teams will be less likely to trade players during the season? Or will teams be more aggressive? It’s impossible to say.
The Angels entered the offseason looking to improve after a disappointing 72-win season in 2019. While they didn’t land their top target, Gerrit Cole, they signed Silver Slugger Anthony Rendon to a long-term contract. They also bolstered their catching position with the signing of Jason Castro. If Shohei Ohtani proves healthy on the mound, he joins a restocked rotation that includes new acquisitions Dylan Bundy and Julio Teheran.
The roster appears ready to take a step forward in 2020. But what if it doesn’t?
General manager Billy Eppler has several roster pieces who are set to become free agents in 2021. He has a few players that might require a change of scenery to reach their full potential. The best way for the Angels to improve their roster in the long-run might be to shake things up in the short-term.
Let’s look at four potential trades they could consider during the 2020 season.