Trade deadline mania is all over Major League Baseball right now and the Los Angeles Angels are certainly not immune. Recently it was suggested that since the Angels are 11 games out of first place they should be sellers at the trade deadline. I disagree with that completely but when it was specifically suggested that they trade Erick Aybar I really didn’t agree. It seems to me that the Angels should stick where they are except for maybe bullpen or minor league moves.
Aybar isn’t someone that is going to be an All-Star every single year but he doesn’t stink either. He’s got a career .279 batting average and usually is good for 10 to 15 home runs and somewhere around 65 RBI, give or take 10. He also scored roughly 70 to 80 runs per year while being solid if not a perennial gold-glove shortstop. The Angels owe him $8.5 million for each of the next few years.
Specifically to the position of shortstop with the Angels, the Angels best SS prospect is Jose Rondon and he is a few years away. Money obviously isn’t a huge problem for the Angels so why trade a solid MLB shortstop when no replacement is ready? As far as being 10 or 11 games behind in the division and wildcard go, that’s not like being 20 games out.
They are still only one long winning streak away from solid contention. I don’t think it would be wise to trade away a good shortstop just because you might not win this year. That just would add another level of problems as they would have to find a replacement for him. Win or lose ground, the Angels should keep Aybar.