The trade deadline is approaching and the activity is really starting to get rolling. Thus far the Angels haven't gotten anything done, but the feeling is that something will happen soon, possibly over this weekend. So, in order to hold you over until Jerry Dipoto works his magic, let's take a not-so-quick look through all of the various trade rumors the Angels have been involved in this month.
Zack Greinke - He's the best pitcher on the market by a pretty wide margin. The Angels have been linked to him for weeks and he should move soon now that Hamels is off the market. The only problem is that he could cost a ton. That's bad for the Angels because they don't have a ton of assets, but they do have enough, they just may not want to blow their wad on a guy who is a rental, which is normally against the organizational philosophy. He has given indications that he might be open to an extension with the Halos, but that isn't something the Angels can count on. His high cost could be a good thing too though. Right now the main competition for Greinke is believed to be the Rangers and there is a school of thought (one I subscribe to) that the Angels are only chasing Greinke to drive the price up on Texas. Odds of acquiring = 30:1
Josh Johnson - Now that the Marlins are open for business, the sharks are circling around Josh Johnson, the Angels included. On paper, he is a great fit for the Halos since he is under contract through 2013 and, when fully healthy, one of the best pitchers in baseball. However, his health is still in question, making him a Kazmir-like risky investment. The other issue is that the Fish insist that they aren't holding a total fire sale and thus are not going to trade Johnson... unless they get an offer they can't refuse. Assuming the Angels have the pieces to make such an offer, the wisdom of making such a trade for a guy with such a big injury red flag is questionable at best. Odds of acquiring = 1000:1