There will be few MLB rumors around the Los Angeles Angels’ outfielders this off-season. Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout aren’t going anywhere and Vernon Wells and his contract are virtually untradeable. With Peter Bourjos also on the roster there is little room for Kole Calhoun, a 25-year-old corner outfielder with a pretty decent amount of potential.
Calhoun’s greatest asset to the Angels might be the lack of depth in a thin free agent market. Right now, the Angels are said to be focusing on acquiring pitching depth, especially replacing Dan Haren and re-signing Zack Greinke. The Angels will also be focused on adding depth in the bullpen.
Calhoun might be the Angels answer to addressing one of those needs. The Angels could use Calhoun to net themselves a reliever, possibly a left-hander, and a middle of the road prospect in return. Or, he could be packaged together with another player or two to bring in a starting pitcher.
Calhoun has no immediate future in Los Angeles. The Angels have enough talent on the roster to challenge for the playoffs right now and with a little addition here and there, to be World Series contenders.
There are plenty of teams that will be in the market for a corner outfielder that hit .298 with 14 homers and drove in 73 runs while adding 7 triples, and 30 doubles. Calhoun also has a very good batting eye, walking 44 times and striking out 88 times.
The New York Yankees might see Calhoun as a cheap replacement for Nick Swisher. The New York Mets are also under budget constraints and are in need of an outfielder with power. The Boston Red Sox might also be in the market for some outfield help.
It will be interesting to see what the Angels do with Calhoun.