The Angels aren’t too many steps away from being full-fledged contenders in the AL West and a blockbuster could be the big step they need.
As much as we talk about the needs of this team, I think we need to talk a bit about the things that are actually going right for the team. Mike Trout. Anthony Rendon. Shohei Ohtani. A bright future with Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, and other prospects involved. There are many reasons to believe in the Angels — the right strings just need to be pulled. The Angels could be a well-oiled machine, they just need to be renovated.
When your roster has as many stars and potential stars on it as the Angels’ roster does, it becomes even more important to supplement with depth — quality depth. While the Angels have solid guys like David Fletcher and Jared Walsh, they lack the depth on the pitching side.
The Angels are primed for a big move. Unlike many other teams consistently missing the playoffs, the Angels actually have some bright spots in their farm system. When taking a look at the Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Baltimore Orioles, there is not much to like outside of a few quality prospects. The Angels have a ton of farm depth which could lead them to do something unconventional and brilliantly stupid…
The Angels need to make a blockbuster deal. It should be for pitching first and foremost, but who would be mad at adding a stud bat to the lineup? I don’t think anyone would. If the Angels don’t think they can put together a quality pitching staff that can compete, over-compensating with offense could be a solid move. Teams like the Oakland A’s have done that recently and it has turned into playoff appearances.
So, let’s do this. Let’s take a look at five blockbuster trade ideas that could immediately put the Angels into contention.