The Los Angeles Angels have put themselves in a tough position when it comes to the team’s payroll. Currently, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton are both making over $20 million a year, while the extremely talented Mark Trumbo is earning less than half a million dollars a year. However, the Angels have so many needs that trading away a 27-year-old Trumbo could help them in numerous spots. Expect Trumbo to be a hot topic in the coming weeks as Tweets like this one show the level of intrigue:
Sources: #Angels‘ Trumbo in play. Club officials view him as difficult to lose, but also as the piece who might bring them most in return.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2013
Anyone who watched the Pittsburgh Pirates in the postseason last year knows about the team’s offensive struggles. While a trade for Trumbo would require the Pirates to surrender a top prospect, it’s a trade avenue that Bucs general manager Neal Huntington should definitely explore. Over the last two seasons, Trumbo has clobbered 66 home runs all while playing four different positions in the field.
Trumbo doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally well, yet he’s been consistent at driving in runs and is always a tough out at the plate. Furthermore, he would fit perfectly in the middle of a somewhat bare Pirates’ line-up. Trumbo would provide a right-handed bat to force pitcher’s into facing Andrew McCutchen with some fear.