In a year full of expectations for the Los Angeles Angels, things could get worse before they know it. With trade talks going on between division rival Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays about trading for star pitcher David Price and utility man Ben Zobrist, the Angels could be seeing another season without playoffs.
The Oakland Athletics made the first big trade of the season trading for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, and they look to stay in AL West contention for a third straight season. Granted, the Angels only find themselves 1.5 games behind Oakland, but if the Mariners were to trade for Price to pitch in the same rotation as Felix Hernandez and they get another bat in that lineup that can help them for the remainder of the season, it will be hard to see the Angels keeping pace with that depth.
The Angels felt this year was their year. They thought the lineup was healthy enough and names like Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton, and they expected big results for the team. However, with the Athletics and Mariners putting things together as well and picking up key players where they are needed for the big second half, the Angels need to make some moves of their own to ensure they can keep up in the race, even if that means getting in on the Price saga.
If they do not become buyers by the end of the month, management and fans could be looking at that as an opportunity wasted for a season filled with hope. Heck, they could even be making some changes that are not necessary such as removing manger Mike Scioscia.