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LA Angels: 3 Mariners trade targets if team is willing to sell in-division

Jul 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners reliever JT Chargois (84) delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at T-Mobile Park. The Yankees won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 7, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners reliever JT Chargois (84) delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at T-Mobile Park. The Yankees won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 27, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Chris Flexen (77) throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Chris Flexen (77) throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels are in a tough spot when it comes to the trade deadline right now.

They’re about a .500 team, and they’ve got injured stars coming back. It’s unclear whether they should buy or sell right now.

The Seattle Mariners could be a potential trade partner at this point, now that they’ve shown that they’re willing to trade within their division.

No. 3 Mariners trade target for the LA Angels if team is willing to sell in-division: Chris Flexen

If the Mariners are down to trade with the LA Angels, the Halos could use a Chris Flexen. The Angels don’t really know what’s going on with their four and fifth spots in the rotation, and could use any help they can get.

Flexen would totally be a huge help for the team. After a rough start to his career, he’s 9-5 this year with a 3.81 ERA. He only walks 1.8 batters per nine, and would come in and be arguably the third-best starter on the Angels.

Listen, I really wouldn’t trade Flexen, or anyone, within my own division. That being said, the M’s trading Kendall Graveman to the Astros goes to show that they’re willing to do it.

If Seattle wants to sell, look for Flexen to be somebody that the Angels could be interested in pouncing on. If he was the Mariners’ Ace, he may be a little too valuable for the Mariners. He’s performing at a level that’s too good for the Angels not to kick the tires on, but not good enough to where he’s untouchable for the Mariners.

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