The Angels had one more trade left in their pocket, sending Brian Goodwin to the Cincinnati Reds at the MLB Trade Deadline.
The Los Angeles Angels appeared to be fairly quiet in the hours leading up to the MLB Trade Deadline. However, as the midnight hour struck, Billy Eppler had one more deal up his sleeve.
It what may be one of the last stands for general manager Billy Eppler, the embattled executive completed his final trade of the 2020 season, sending outfielder Brian Goodwin to the Cincinnati Reds. In return, the Halos will receive left-hander Packy Naughton and a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Acquired via a waiver claim from the Kansas City Royals, Brian Goodwin became a fan favorite in Anaheim. Over his 166 games played for the Angels, the left-handed hitting outfielder slashed an impressive .258/.327/.469 with 21 home runs, and 64 RBI. However, his spot in the Angels’ outfield was always going to be tenuous at best, with Jo Adell taking over in right field in 2020 and Brandon Marsh looming.
However, while Goodwin’s performance didn’t guarantee him a spot in the Halos’ lineup, what it did do what create demand for the outfielder. The Angels turned that demand into a solid return.
In Packy Naughton, the Angels get a solid left-hander that was the 14th rated prospect in the Reds system. While his overall status in the organization doesn’t turn heads, he was the Reds’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2019, splitting the year between High-A and Double-A. Overall he went 11-12 with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.229 WHIP, and a 7.5 K/9. He has a solid three-pitch mix with pitchability and deception, but lacks the overall ceiling of someone like Reid Detmers.
In addition to Naughton, the Angels will also receive a player to be named later or cash considerations, with the former being more likely. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the player to be named later is likely a pitcher as well. However, since he is not currently on a 60-man player pool, he cannot be formally named until after the season.
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That’s it for the Angels trades this year, unless something else hasn’t been announced yet. What do you think of the moves?