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This article forgets one thing. Actually, two things. First, if Hamilton and Pujols continue to under perform, the Angels offense just took a hit they can't afford to take. I don't care that fantasy geeks hate Trumbo's BA and OBP; the guy averages over 30 homers and gets 90- 100 rbi's a year. How do you replace that production if those two overpaid guys continue to struggle? Oh, and the second thing... DiPoto has not proven especially adept at picking pitching talent. This trade has some potential upside, but has potential for a disastrous downside. If things don't break just right, you're looking at yet another baseball-free October in Anaheim, if not a finish that has the team looking up at the Astros and everyone else in the AL West.
This team is full of holes. Team speed? Beyond Trout, there is none - Bourjos is gone, and with him went any chance of reviving the old take-no-prisoners style of aggressive offense that fueled the Angels to their only championship. Bullpen? Too many returnees from a horribly under performing bunch. Starting pitching? Way too many question marks. Then there's the issue of Hamilton and Pujols - the offense will live or die with these two, and their return to form is far from a sure thing.
I hope I'm wrong, but it looks like another long summer coming up for Angel fans.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on TRADE ALERT: Trumbo dealt for Santiago and Skaggs in three-way deal
It's not just DiPoto - Arte Moreno ordered the overpaying of Pujols and Hamilton, thus setting up the team's current bind. Then there's the trades the team has made in recent years (Vernon Wells coming and going, Gary Matthews Jr.), which show other GM's the Angels are ripe to overspend in that market as well. And a team in desperate need of quality starters that can be had cheap letting Vargas sign elsewhere for $8M a year - the guy was the team's most consistent starter on 2013 - yeah, that makes sense. I don't know if it's Moreno, DiPoto, or Scioscia making these decisions (or some combination thereof), but this is one pretty clueless front office.
1 year ago on Angels add good talent in reliever Joe Smith, but overpay to do it
Thing is, the Halos need power. Hunter is a good player and a great guy, but his skills are starting to decline. Wells is a huge question mark. Morales represents the great unknown at this point - will he come back or won't he, and to what level? Ergo, you can't trade the one consistent power hitter the team has. Plus, I think everyone is judging Trumbo prematurely on his ability to draw walks. Rookies hardly ever draw walks - that only comes with experience. No one knows if he'll ever get there, but judging that on his rookie season alone could be a big mistake. Besides, if the guy can hit .275 - .300, drive in 90-110, and hit 30-plus dings... then the walks don't matter so much; if he gets a few here or there you take it and smile. At least imho, anyway :)
3 years ago on Halo Headlines: DiPoto Won't Rule Out Big Name Free Agents and Hints at Adding a Closer, Trout Likely to Start 2012 in Triple-A, | November
Trading Trumbo would be asinine. There is absolutely no guarantee that Morales is going to come back, and if he does, to what level he will perform? He'd probably be a DH anyway, to keep as much pressure as possible off the leg. Plus, look what Trumbo did as a rookie... can you imagine what he'll do as he matures as a hitter? Why would you trade him??? As for Trout, there are two questions that affect when he will be back in Anaheim: will Wells bounce back, and more so, will Abreu? If Abreu isn't hitting by June, look for him to be cut - the Angels are not afraid of doing stuff like that. I'd like to see them get Heath Bell for three years, groom Walden while using him as the set-up guy, and have Downs be Mr. 7th inning. That was the kind of bullpen rotation they used from '02 through '09, but they lost their way when Scott Shields lost his stuff due to injury. Getting Bell would bring that formula back... and please don't suggest Papelbon instead of Bell - Papelbon is overpaid, under performing, and has a recent history of injuries.
As for the history class world record thing, thanks to our "leadership" in Sacramento, that's how California works these days - all show, no dough. Stuff like this makes me embarrassed to say I'm a native.
If Newton isn't the starter (and he probably shouldn't be), it should be Anderson. Newton can learn from watching Anderson, but what would he learn from watching Clausen? To me, it comes down to this: If the team is truly sold on Newton being their quarterback of the future, then the only reason to start Clausen would be to see if they could develop any trade value for him. I doubt that would be their strategy, and they didn't take Newton #1 overall just to light a fire under Clausen... so that makes the answer academic - if you don't start Newton, you have to start Anderson.
3 years, 3 months ago on Starting Newton is the Right Move, Again