Though the Angels possibly could acquire a starting pitcher for Bourjos or Trumbo, they also might get a pitching piece back for Morales — and enhance their run prevention by fielding a stellar defensive outfield of Bourjos, Hamilton and Mike Trout, with Trumbo serving as the primary DH.
The Yankees, sources say, are among the possibilities for Wells — the teams discussed him at the winter meetings, and Wells could fill the Yankees’ need for a right-handed hitting outfielder.
To trade Wells, the Angels know that they must assume the vast majority of the $42 remaining on the final two years of his contract. Wells, 34, also has a full no-trade clause, but likely would waive it for the opportunity for more playing time elsewhere.
The Yankees also are looking at free agent Scott Hairston for their remaining opening in the outfield, but Hairston is seeking a two-year contract, sources say. Ichiro was the only free agent to sign a deal of that length with the Yankees this offseason — and only after the Phillies increased his leverage by making him a two-year offer.