Another Angels outfielder who might be considered closer to the MLB level is Jo Adell.
Adell was selected out of high school with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. The young-outfielder quickly rose through the system and slashed .289/.359/.475 with ten home runs and 36 RBI through 76 games across three levels in the minor leagues in 2019.
In 2020 Adell impressed in spring training but struggled at the major league level. The 21-year old posted a .161/.212/.266 line with three home runs and seven RBI in 38 games with the Halos last summer.
Manager Joe Maddon has made it clear, Adell will likely start the upcoming season in the minor leagues to continue developing. I think it’s safe to say a fast start in spring training, or the minors could see Adell make his way back to the Angels MLB-roster, especially if the Halos need help in their corner outfield spots.
Like the Marsh trade, this scenario considers the Angels to receive a lesser-end to the deal. The simulator predicts an Adell (value-50.7) for Gray (value-29.7) to be ‘unaccepted’ due to the player-value projections. The Reds would likely have to throw in a lesser-regarded minor league or MLB player for this to go through.
Jo Adell carries a high value in a trade scenario for the Angels.
Considering Gray’s age (31) and career statistics, this is understandable. It’s not as if Gray has been dominant his entire career, and Adell is only 21-years old, and not far removed from being a top-5 MLB prospect.
The plethora of young outfielders gives the Angels options to use one in a trade they see fit. Whether or not the Halos feel Marsh or Adell is worth trading for a pitcher like Gray remains to be seen.
If the trade simulator value is accurate, the Angels might be able to pull-off this trade with lesser-regarded players.