By Bob Garcia IV @bgarcia90 on July 10, 2014
It has been a first half of the season that has featured much success for the Los Angeles Angels as the team holds the second-best record in the league behind the Oakland Athletics. That said, the Angels have had their fair share of issues with the bullpen that general manager Jerry Dipoto has stated he is looking to add a reliever to be a part of the "last nine outs" nucleus. Here five trade whispers that surround the Halos.
Although the Angels' main priority is to look to bolster their bullpen, a move for the Tampa Bay Rays' ace is not out of the question for two reasons. First, the Oakland A's made a trade to acquire two quality starters last week in Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzjia from the Chicago Cubs, so they must keep up with the division leaders. Secondly, first time full-time starter Hector Santiago has been a disaster this year.
The Angels' may be interested in acquiring another starter given Santiago's struggles this season. Although Peavy has struggled mightily this year for the Boston Red Sox, a change scenery could be what he needs to help get him back on track and be a reliable fifth starter for the team. The Halos may be able to make this deal at a low cost given Peavy's pitching problems this season along with Boston wanting to move him.
Although Joe Smith has done well in his new role as the closer, the Angels may look to acquire another team's full-time closer such as the Miami Marlins' right-hander. The 28-year-old has converted 20-of-23 save opportunities, and he's coming off three consecutive seasons of below 3.00 ERA and a career-best 34 saves in 2013. If the Marlins continue to struggle as the trade deadline nears, expect the Halos to at least call and inquire.
If the Halos are satisfied with Smith as their closer, a run at the San Diego Padres' setup man could be in the works. Despite the Padres once again sitting out of contention in the NL West, Benoit has been phenomenal in his first season with the ball club as he has a 1.91 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched in 37 appearances. If the Padres continue to struggle, expect the Angels to look to acquire the veteran right-hander.
With the trade deadline nearing, Street has been on the top of many contending lists of potential targets as he is in the midst of a career-best year with his 1.13 ERA and has converted 23-of-24 save opportunities. Over the past couple of weeks, he has been linked to the Halos, and with the recent moves by the Athletics a trade to Los Angeles may happen as they still hold hopes of winning the AL West.
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