Angels 54-35 (6 game lead above Oakland)
With half way mark passing and the playoffs still in the distance, one of the most talked about concerns about the Angels is their offence. As the trade deadline vastly approaches, this year is no different from any of the last few, in the fact that the Angels are said to need to trade for a bat to boost their line-up.
However, it is truly doubtful that the Angels actually make a move. Not because one could not be pulled off, but, because they have the depth to win their rather feeble division and it would not be in the Angels best interest to trade any of their members away with the exception of the high priced Gary Matthew “Juicer”.
At the end of the injury plagued playoffs last season Angels owner complimented the Sox on their depth; something he wanted to implement on his own team. Keeping a strong outfield with seasoned veterans on the bench like Rivera and Willits is a huge luxury the Angels have and are just now starting to use; with the re-emergence of Juan Rivera.
The infield appears to be loaded with depth; however, it is rare that they are all healthy at one time. What seems to be a solid infield actually holds the Angels biggest room for improvement; the corner infield.
No, I am not suggesting that we should trade Figgins or that Kotchman NEEDS to be traded, however, Quinlen is not the best answer if someone gets hurt. Rob is the backup in case of emergency; but I have a funny feeling that the opposing team will not throw a leftie at us just because Q is in the line up. His inability to hit the right handed pitcher would create a huge hole in the line up in playoffs.
The Angels would be smart to deal for a part time utility player, trading away one of their reserve outfielders. Unfortunately, I do not believe anyone wants to touch GMJ for his price although he has been pretty clutch for the Angels this year and Anderson would not allow a trade to go through. So this leaves either Rivera or Willits on the table.
As for the pitching staff, we mush follow the rule, if it aint broke than don’t fix it. Despite the fact that K-Rod very well my not sign with us, we must not trade him away.
Given this situation; what would you do?