Potential Angels Trade Partner for Justin Upton: The Mystery Team
Both of these deals present their own logistical issues, mostly in terms of money and prospects to potentially include. The Angels could wait to see if COVID creates needs elsewhere. However, they have only until August 31 to complete trades in 2020, giving them the remainder of the month to find a match.
Thus far, only two weeks of the season have been played to date and there hasn’t been a ton of separation yet in the standings. As such, no true contenders have stepped up and teams on the bubble remain there without any clear direction.
Additionally, we’re still seeing the effects of COVID-19 on team rosters and schedules. Team needs may change drastically based on the transmission of the virus around the league, as we’ve seen with the Marlins and Cardinals recently. While Miami doesn’t line up on paper, the Cardinals may do so, depending on further testing.
The Angels may simply need to wait and see if a team steps forward as both a contender and with a clear need for Upton in 2020. There is a limited window to do so, but it is there if needed to make sure they find a deal to their liking.