It Would Allow the Angels to Acquire Pitching Via Trade
Right now, all eyes are on Trevor Bauer. In a thin free agent pitching market, his 2020 Cy Young winning campaign stands out among all. Although the Angels are heavily linked to the star, sometimes they just miss out to other teams (i.e. Gerrit Cole). Beyond Bauer, the quality drops off drastically and the Angels would be hard-pressed finding a game-changer through free agency.
On the trading black, however, there are a few names that make sense for the Angels, including Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove. It is going to take a bit of a haul to wrangle them from their respective teams. As it currently stands, the Angels’ top two prospects are Brandon Marsh and Jordyn Adams, both of which are outfielders. With the Angels desperate to get back to the playoffs, trading one of these prospects may be necessary.
Without a Dahl signing, I would be skeptical of trading away Marsh. He is a close-to-MLB ready prospect and is expected to make his debut in 2021. Similar to every other prospect, there is no guarantee that Marsh will perform in the big leagues right away and the Angels need to do everything they can to win now.
If the Angels sign Dahl, it would shore up their outfield for years to come, which would make Marsh or Adams expendable. By being able to float Marsh’s name in trade talks, suddenly acquiring a top name like Snell or Musgrove doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
The Angels are in a win-now mode, but also win-in-the-future too. Without Dahl, a Marsh trade would decimate the farm and leave the future murky. A Dahl signing would solve this issue, as it would put them in a position to compete immediately but also for the next several years, at least.
This just makes sense.