It may be the first week of May, but I say it is never to early for a little trade speculation.
With the recent news breaking that the Giants have had discussions about tradng for Jose Reyes of the Mets, I'm declaring open season on rumor mongering. Only my target is set slightly to Reyes' right at third baseman David Wright.
Now, don't go getting too excited, there are ABSOLUTELY ZERO rumors about Wright being dealt to the Halos. What I am simply attempting to do is predict the eventual trade market for the Angels, and Wright seems like a good first scenario to consider since the combination of the Mets' poor record and sticky financial situation could lead to a fire sale of their star players.
What I want to figure is not only if the Angels have what it takes to pry Wright loose, but also if that is even a realistic scenario and actually a good idea.
One thing I hate when I see contrived trade scenarios pop up on the net is a complete lack of consideration for what the other team actually thinks and wants. So as not to fall victim to that trap myself, I've called in some reinforcements in the form of Bloguin's Mets blog MetstradamusBlog.com. John offers up his take on a potential Wright trade:
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (17-14) @ Boston Red Sox (14-16
Pitching Probables: LAA – Joel Pineiro (0-0, 1.29 ERA) BOS – John Lackey (2-3, 5.65 ERA)
Game Info: 10:35 AM PT; TV - Fox Sports West & MLB Network; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
Sorry for the late preview, had some connectivity issues, so this will be short and sweet.
I'm tired, you're tired, the players are all tired, so let's just get this all over with, eh? All I ask is that the Angels either win or not lose in heart-breaking fashion. Oh, and Rojas and Gubi should have to wear the luchador masks the entire game.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including predicting Weaver's 2012 salary, Izturis is the most valuable position player so far, Angels working on reducing their strikeouts and much more...
The Story: How much will Jered Weaver make next year?
The Monkey Says: It is obviously going to be a lot, but the Angels should gladly pay it and hopefully make it the first year of a long-term contract.
The Monkey Says: Mike Scioscia always thinks he is the best position player, but he might actually be right so far this year.
The Monkey Says: I said all I needed to say about this yesterday.
Let me pop open the hood on this clunker of an offense and see if I can't figure out what's wrong with the engine. Well, there's your problem right there! Too many strikeouts. Take care of that and this old girl will be running like brand new.
Forgive my hacky impression of a mechanic, but this floundering Angel lineup really does need to figure out why it can't seem to get into top gear and stay there. Mike Scioscia has already juggled the lineup every way he can dream of, but no permutation has had a lasting effect. Clearly there is a deeper problem plaguing the bats and it appears to be that said bats just aren't actually making contact with the ball as much as they should.
Throughout Mike Scioscia's storied tenure with the Halos, his squad has always finished in the bottom third in the majors when it comes to strikeouts (with the exception of his first season when they had the 16th most). Considering that Scioscia's offensive philosophy relies so heavily on situational hitting, and thus putting the ball in play, it should be no surprise that he has always crafted his lineup to avoid the K. This year though, things are much different as the Angel batters lead the American League in strikeouts. Clearly that is something the Halos are going to have to address, but the question is if they really can correct it enough to fix the offense?
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Weaver named AL Pitcher of the Month, Weaver's pitch to Varitek should've been a strike, Abreu's patience is no longer an influence and much more...
The Monkey Says: The only way he wouldn't have won was if there was voter fraud of North Korean proportions.
The Monkey Says: Buck Foston.
The Monkey Says: I know his presence had a great effect on the Angels in 2009, but I actually think this is a good thing. For the most part, the Angel regulars are action players similar to the ones Scioscia relied upon years ago. Walks are never a bad thing, but with too many guys trying to do something that they aren't cut out for, the lineup loses its identity.