Trade deadline looming... must talk trade... must throw crap against wall... must see what sticks...
Yep, it's that time again, trade speculation time! But rather than make up ideas like I did earlier this week, let's take an actual real logical look at the Angels trade needs and who their actual targets that totally didn't come from my imagination might be. Yeah, I know, it seems like less fun, but it is probably going to be a lot more informative and useful.
Catcher may not be the Angels' biggest need since they figure to get Chris Iannetta back... eventually. But until that day comes, they need to look for some help to tide them over until Iannetta recovers and then to stick around as insurance in case he goes down again. The only name I can think of for this is John Baker. I've lobbied for Baker before to no avail, but I'm going to try again. I'm sure everyone would prefer fellow Padre Nick Hundley since he is young and at one point was good. However, he now stinks and is in the minors with a long-term contract that is suddenly less attractive. That brings us back to Baker. I'll save the full rehashing of my argument for him and just summarize it by saying he swings a left-handed bat and can kind of hit, which makes him a nice reserve once/if Iannetta heals up or a reasonable platoon partner for Wilson while Iannetta is out. Or they could just recall Hank Conger, I'm good either way.
There is is the only name on the list for a few reasons. For starters, Alberto Callaspo has actually been pretty decent of late, so the need to upgrade over him isn't pressing. I know, I'm kind of surprised too. Anyway, since Callaspo is holding it down, Dipoto should only be looking for third basemen if the player is a clear upgrade and also more than just a half-season rental. Chase Headley is the only guy who fits that criteria (I promise to suggest a trade with a team other than San Diego soon). Headley has always been a strong fielder with a good eye, but this year, he's finally realizing his power, something that he should be able to tap into even further once he gets out of Petco Park, which he is allegedly very much in favor of doing. The bonus is that he is under team control for two years after this season, but that is also the catch since it is going to make him expensive. Like three quality prospects expensive (i.e. Segura, Calhoun and Schugel perhaps). I like Headley a lot, but not sure the Halos' thin farm system can handle that kind of a payout.