The Angels have enough young prospects to make a trade for starting pitchers.
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There have been rumors all offseason about the Angels looking into making trades to improve their team. Most recently the team has reportedly shown interest in Willson Contreras. Players tied to trades have included much of their young talent including Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, Reid Detmers, and Jeremiah Jackson, among others.
By moving some pieces in a trade simulator, I looked to see what a deal for Taillon could look like. Sending a package of Jordyn Adams and Jose Suraez sufficiently compensated the Pirates to send Taillon back to the Halos. Personally, I believe this would be a steal for the Angels but the reality is that the cost would be a bit higher. However, based on Taillon’s injury history, I do believe there could be a chance to bring him in while still holding onto both Marsh and Adell.
In addition, the Angels would be getting two years of contractual control and Taillon does not hit the market until after the 2022 season. We saw the Angels go this route as well with Dylan Bundy as he was also brought in with two years of control left the previous season.