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5 Reasons Why the Los Angeles Angels Should Trade a Starting Pitcher

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5 Reasons Why the Los Angeles Angels Should Trade a Starting Pitcher

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So far in the Major League Baseball offseason the Los Angeles Angels have managed something special. They have been busy changing their team without spending a boatload of money. That’s good because they spend a boatload and a half each of the last couple of years and continued to lose in 2013. They clearly want to change things in a smart way to have a better go at 2014 and who can blame them? It is a very good plan and so far has seemingly gone well.

They traded away a big bat in Mark Trumbo but they should by right have plenty of big lumber still on the team. That wasn’t really the issue all season; they couldn’t get pitching and hitting to work together. By that scale the trade of Trumbo was masterful because they went from not having enough decent pitching to having too many pitchers to fill spots. That is a good problem to have for a team that is looking to bolster a bullpen as well.

What they should do in all likelihood is trade one of their left over starting pitchers to a team that needs more starting options. Who they should trade really comes down to two pitchers in my opinion. Either Joe Blanton or Matt Shoemaker should be traded somewhere. That would get some good return and it would also leave one of them as a sixth starter for competition and insurance in the spring season. Feel free to leave a comment below. Here are five more reasons they should trade one of these guys.

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5 – Weak Starter Market

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There are a lot of teams looking for good starting pitching. Other than those few teams willing to pay a billion dollars for someone, the market is very scant on good ones. For many teams it makes a ton more sense to trade for someone with an up-side still left than it does to sign someone for five plus years just to fill out a staff. Teams are looking and the Angels could provide what they are looking for. Obviously that would bring them a return on their investment.

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4 – Rotation is Fairly Set

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Unlike last season the Angels don’t have to give more of a chance to someone unproven than they want to. The rotation is pretty well set with a couple of good young additions to fill them out. They should get a nice return on at least one of the pitchers that do not look to make the roster.

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3 – Return is Better Than Release

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It is possible that if one of these guys isn’t traded the Angels will have to option him to the minors. That could lead to them leaving anyway but with basically no return. Getting a return via trade beats having to release one of the guys hands down.

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2 – Hector Santiago

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Two pitchers came to the Angels in the Trumbo trade. They are the main two reasons why the Angels have expendable starters. Santiago is the one that came from the White Sox and is possibly a tad more proven to be ready than the other but they are both making the rotation. That means they don’t need the other two.

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1 – Tyler Skaggs

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Skaggs is the other, possibly more promising young starter that the Angels received in the Trumbo. He has shown rust but he is certainly going to make the rotation in the third or fourth spot. Quite simply he and Santiago complete the necessary five spots thus making Shoemaker and/or Blanton expendable.