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3 blockbuster trade targets the LA Angels need to consider this winter

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Sep 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ketel Marte
Oct 2, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (4) turns the double play while avoiding Colorado Rockies left fielder Raimel Tapia (15) during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1 blockbuster trade target the LA Angels need to consider this winter: Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks

Ketel Marte is similar to Segura in that he’s not currently playing  a lot of shortstop, but he could for the LA Angels.

Marte was an everyday shortstop from 2015-2017, and has played at least some shortstop in each season from 2018 to 2020 as well.

He’s just a couple years removed from being a top four NL MVP candidate, and he’s still a star in this game. He killed it this year. He hit .318/.377/.532 (.909) with 14 home runs, 52 runs, and 50 RBI in just 90 games.

Imagine what he would have put up if he stayed healthy.

Well, he stayed healthy in 2019, and hit .329/.389/.592 (.981 OPS) with 32 home runs, 92 RBI, and 97 runs scored. He raked, as he always does.

If he goes to the Angels, we’ll be able to keep him in the infield, instead of constantly having him play out of position in the outfield like the D-Backs do. We have enough outfield, and won’t need to bother with putting him there.

Taking on his contract is just $8 million for next year, which is very cheap for his level of production. He’s a great trade option for us, and he needs to be the top trade priority.

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The Angels have all the opportunity in the world to have a strong offseason. Trading is going to be necessary if they want to build a complete roster.

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