Angels beat writer dishes out cold dose of reality regarding trade deadline hopes

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As difficult as the Los Angeles Angels have been to watch at times this season, fans have at least had some solace that the organization was going to be adding some minor league talent soon. They have the eighth overall pick in the 2024 MLB Draft where there is likely to be some really talented players available to them, and the trade deadline should provide an opportunity for a bit of an infusion of talent.

With guys like Tyler Anderson, Taylor Ward, and Luis Rengifo, all of whom appear to be in high demand (and would come with some team control), fans were hopeful that the trade returns for those types of guys would help rebuild was is an Angels farm system that is in a pretty rough state at the moment.

However, Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher threw cold water on the idea that the Angels could get difference-making talent at the trade deadline this year and believes that none of the players that LA could make available would yield even a single top-100 prospect.

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Fletcher does make an interesting point here. Guys like Anderson, Ward, and Rengifo are good players, but they aren't really "stars" in their own right and won't command the top-end premium returns as a result. As for the guys on expiring deals like Carlos Estevez, they would be rentals and were never going to warrant a heavy return.

However, it does feel like Fletcher may be underestimating the value of team control here. While the Angels don't have anyone that the Yankees are going to give up Jasson Dominguez for (although the Angels shouldn't turn that down if if happens somehow), including a fringe top-100 guy like Chase Hampton as the centerpiece of a deal isn't out of the question. Again, that is one example, but you get the idea.

So should the Angels expect to get a top-25 prospect at the trade deadline? Absolutely not unless they make one of their young, high-upside players with a lot of team control available, which doesn't seem likely. But that doesn't mean the trade deadline won't yield talent that could help LA in the years to come. The harsh reality is that the proper take here lies somewhere in the middle.

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