MLB.com is reporting that the Los Angeles Angels are considering offers for Mark Trumbo in their quest to acquire a quality starting pitcher. If true, these rumors would confirm the high premium that GM Jerry Dipoto is placing on pitching this offseason and reveal the limited number of options available to the Angels. If they want a pitcher, they will have to hurt elsewhere.
Trumbo has played every big league game of his career with the Halos. He has been more or less the same player in each of his three seasons — a big-swinging power-hitter who strikes out a lot and doesn’t hit for much average. So far, he is averaging .252 with 34 home runs and 92 RBIs per season to go along with 151 strikeouts.
The advanced metrics do not cast him in a very favorable light: he posted just a 2.2 WAR in 2013, barely beating out Chris Iannetta‘s value.
To be sure, Los Angeles should explore all possible options before considering a Trumbo trade. Signing an overseas player or trading Howie Kendrick are two such options, though less likely to land the Angels a big name in return.
The real question is the same one that faced the Angels heading into 2013: how much they can get out of Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols? If either or both of those players improves over this year, then Trumbo’s value goes down and a trade looks much better. If the Angels trade Trumbo and their two other sluggers continue to struggle, then they will have plenty of reasons to regret that trade.