The September 13th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Bees, Travs and 66ers all advance to championship series, who is the Angels' best trade chip and much more...
The Monkey Says: No, this doesn't mean the farm system is better than everyone thinks.
The Story: Who is the Angels' best trade chip?
The Monkey Says: Trumbo has his flaws and is probably easier for a team to find an alternative to, but he is much cheaper and has positional flexibility that could give him a larger market. His OBP is an issue, but the right team might value his power enough to give up a lot for him. Kendrick is a valuable piece as well, I just worry that there won't be enough of a market for him.
The Monkey Says: I've always kind of wanted the league to introduce a Best Player award since MVP has been co-opted to mean the best player on a playoff team or the best player that also has a good narrative. It would be kind of like the NFL where they have an MVP but also a Best Offensive Player Award.
The Monkey Says: We're still doing Trout-Harper pieces, huh? I guess that is kind of retro since there was no invoking Machado and/or Puig, so I guess that is nice.
The Monkey Says: If runs scored was a stat anyone cared about anymore, that might be an interesting debate.
The Monkey Says: Got to love playing on concrete. Trout will apparently be back in the field this weekend, so don't worry about him missing time and making the Angels impossible to watch.
The Monkey Says: Sometimes that "one game at a time" mantra can be taken a little too far, Sosh.
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Anybody else see Keith Law's comments in his chat on ESPN yesterday? He was asked whether the Angels should offer Trout a 10 year, $250 million extension this winter, and his response was that he had heard enough stories about player discontent with Scioscia that he wasn't sure Trout would even take it. He thought Trout might just say screw it, clean up in arbitration, and become a Yankee or Dodger at age 26. And then I read Scioscia's comments about how he felt due to the Angels' (non-playoff) record and his year not being exceptional enough (though it is), Trout shouldn't be MVP. Scioscia needs to be supporting Trout, not undercutting and diminishing him. He (and the whole organization) needs to be kissing Trout's behind at this point. If Arte ends up keeping Scioscia, and Scioscia ends up driving away Trout, it will be easy for me to blow off the Angels. Let's hope all these meaningless wins they've been racking up doesn't prevent Scioscia and his staff from getting canned.
With Calhoun's emergence, I can easily see the Angels moving Trumbo this winter. The Rays might be a good fit, since they are perpetually looking for power hitting in general and first basemen in particular. Maybe Trumbo for Hellickson - they each have three years of team control remaining. And I can see the Angels and Royals revisiting talks for Howie Kendrick. Maybe Howie for a SP prospect and a reliever - Yordano Ventura and Luke Hochevar or Greg Holland and a lesser SP prospect might work.