The Los Angeles Angels have stated time and time again that first baseman Mark Trumbo is not available for trade. However, sources have indicated that the Angels are open to trade negotiations for the 27-year-old because they believe he will garner the most attention, which will give them the most quality in return.
Obviously, losing Trumbo would be detrimental to Los Angeles’ offense. His tremendous power at the plate and outstanding defensive skills at first base make him an asset that one would think they team would need in order to reach the World Series in 2014. Unfortunately, the Angels need to make several upgrades in order to make a postseason berth become a reality.
Even though Los Angeles has now made Trumbo available for trade, it doesn’t appear they will give him up for just anything. The Angels will only deal him for an impressive offer that gives them the best chance to win immediately.
There is no denying that Trumbo is an incredible offensive asset, depending on how you look at the picture. The right-handed batter has posted 95 home runs and 282 RBI in his last three seasons, which includes 34 homers and 100 RBI in 2013. However, his career .299 on-base percentage is certainly nothing to get excited about.
Obviously, teams looking for that power boost in the cleanup spot could give up a lot for Trumbo. On the other hand, he’s not exactly the all-around offensive juggernaut some people would like to believe. For that reason, I fully expect him to stay in Los Angeles for another season.