Depth wins championships. If that isn’t already a saying it should be. Depth moves may not be sexy, but they’re what any playoff hopeful needs.
As the Angels have already learned this year, it doesn’t matter how good your starting roster is if a couple injuries are all it takes to compromise the defense. While the team has stayed above .500, they could be doing much better if their infield depth didn’t rely on guys like Luis Rengifo and Jack Mayfield.
In addition to shoring up the defense and providing extra offensive pop, a good bench player should have the potential make a season altering play. That’s exactly what Mike Brosseau has shown.
Angels would get a postseason hero in Mike Brosseau.
If you recall, Brosseau was the hero of last year’s ALDS. In Game 5 against the Yankees, he crushed the go-ahead home run that ultimately sent Tampa Bay to the ALCS. Overall, through parts of three seasons, he’s slashing .277/.336/.486.
Beyond that, Brosseau brings a diverse skillset that enables him to play at first, second, third, and the outfield. Third base in particular is his best position, having put up 5 DRS in just over 200 innings.
While trading Brosseau at this stage would be early even for the Rays, a utility player of his talents will undoubtedly drive up his price in arbitration starting in 2023. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Rays simply decide they don’t want to pay too much for a bench player. Based on how they’re playing right now, that decision can come sooner rather than later.
Price wise, a single Angel should be enough for a deal. Since the Rays are in need of pitching depth, sending over a veteran like Quintana could work. After all, he’d fit right in alongside Rich Hill and Michael Wacha. Moving a prospect seems less likely, but even still the Rays could use a lefty reliever. A decent prospect like Adam Seminaris or an interesting two-way project like Erik Rivera should more than suffice.
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Ultimately, if the Angels do find themselves in the thick of things come July, moves like these are what can fully elevate them into true contenders.