The trade deadline is just a few days away, but nobody is exactly sure what, if anything, the Angels have up their sleeve. With so many confusing and conflicting rumors to sort through, the best way to figure out what embattled Angel GM Tony Reagins is planning is to take a look back through his history at the deadline.
We all know Reagins is not afraid to make a deal, but we can learn a lot about his trade-working train of thought by picking out the major patterns he has displayed over the last three seasons.
2008 - Traded Casey Kotchman and Steve Marek for Mark Teixeira
In his official trade deadline as the lead decision maker, Reagins swung for the fences by breaking from the standard Angel protocol by acquiring a big name rental player. Of course, the hope was that this would give them a leg up in signing Tex, but it didn't work out, though the Angels didn't end up giving up much to get those few months of Teixeira, though that was largely helped by Kotchman flaming out horribly the instant he landed in Atlanta.