The Mariners cleaned house. The A’s made one pretty good move, and the Rangers revamped their bullpen. All told, more than 70 players changed uniforms in the past 19 days. 26 out of a possible 30 teams played along. The Yankees, Twins, Marlins and, you guessed it, our Angels, stood pat.
The Rangers have become what the Angels used to be. That is, a team that sees a weakness and tries to fix it. Adding Koji Uehara and Mike Adams makes the Rangers even more formidable than they were 2 days ago. Plus, the Rangers didn’t give up that much to get these 2 guys.
Other bullpen guys that changed teams: Jason Frasor, K-Rod, Brad Zeigler, David Pauley & Charlie Furbush. We’ll never know if the Angels made an offer for any of these guys, but I guess they’re thinking that Rich Thompson, Bobby Cassevah, Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn can get it done. I beg to differ. I know that most will say the Angels have little to offer. My question? Is their farm system that barren that not one player from triple, double, or single A is worthy of being dealt, or even talked about?
I checked sites every day hoping to find a rumor that had Angel player A traded to a different team. The only one that I found was the one linking Peter Bourjos to the Nats. Well, at least Mike Scioscia wasn’t lying when he said the Angels would probably stand pat.
Sorry, there was the rumor linking Jose Reyes to the Angels, but that was more on the strength of Reyes saying he likes the Angels. Did the Angels actually offer Erick Aybar for Reyes? If they did, then that is a spit in the face of Angel fans. Why not offer Tyler Chatwood to the Phillies for Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay? Any team can make an offer if they know the other guy is gonna say no.
You can see that I am started to get heated. What happened to Aramis Ramirez? He said the whole time he wouldn’t leave the Cubs, and he was another man of his word. That 10/5 thing is a tough thing to get around, as is a the no trade clause.
Don’t get me wrong, making a deal doesn’t guarantee success, but it does reinforce to the fans that you are playing to win, and not just compete. The Angels still have hole at catcher, although Mathis does play great ‘D’, a 3rd baseman that is more of a utility guy. and a bullpen that, beyond 2 or 3 guys, isn’t that good.
It is nothing short of a miracle that Scioscia has these guys within 2 games of the Rangers. Credit also goes to Jered Weaver and Dan Haren, who are almost automatic wins 3 of every 4 starts.
Would it surprise me if the Angels win the division? No. Would it surprise me if the Angels are 8 out by September? No, as well. But let’s be honest folks, do you see the Angels taking down the Yankees, Red Sox, and possibly the Tigers in back to back series? The Giants proved last year that anything is possible, but I don’t see that happening.
One good thing, the Angels still have a chance to get a guy before the waiver trade deadline on August 31st. The Halos are a sneaky bunch, so they very well might get a guy in the next month.
If not, this is your team for the rest of the year. Like Scioscia and Reagins said recently, the help the Angels will get should come from the big guys already on the team. We are moving in to August, and I am still waiting for Hunter, Abreu and Wells to find some sort of consistency. 53 games left for the Angels, now’s the time to put up or shut up.
They sure didn’t put up much of a fight at the trade deadline.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.