Outside of the fifth starter spot, the Angels Opening Day roster is set. This is the kind of thing that happens after you spend half of a gajillion dollars in the off-season to add free agents and lock up other players to extensions. It makes for great roster certainty, but not so much for spring training position battle intrigue. Sigh.
But wait! There is always the possibility that the Angels could take advantage of their depth and try and move one or two players out to shore up the back of the rotation, their middle relief or minor league depth. They won't be blockbuster trades, but the Angels do have options at their disposal if they choose to exercise them. So who's got to go?
Rich Thompson - I like Chopper. He is under-appreciated and underutilized. He is also Australian, which instantly makes him 20% more fun to have on the roster. What he isn't is a player with minor league options left. With so much competition for the final two bullpen spots, Thompson could be traded if he loses out on those spots. I can't imagine the Angels getting much of anything in exchange for him, but his 2011 season was good enough that he shouldn't just get kicked to the curb. Odds are the Angels keep him, assuming he doesn't fall apart in the next two weeks.
Bobby Wilson - He was a lot more likely to get traded before the Royals traded for a catcher yesterday, but there are a few other clubs out there that need a back-up catcher. Wilson is good defensively and dirt cheap, so teams will definitely inquire on him. He is also Mike Scioscia's security blanket, so he could be tough to pry away, but everyone has their price.
Alexi Amarista - Everyone loves having a superutility bench player and Amarista has the makings of being a good one. He isn't proven in the bigs, but his youth and potential could make him a nice piece for the Angels to move if they want to target a more reliable fifth starter or middle reliever. Maybe I am just drinking the Angel prospect Kool-Aid, but I can see an Alexi Amarista for John Lannan deal going down if the Halos are willing to eat all of the money owed to Lannan.