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The Mark Trumbo Trade Watch Continues in LA: Could He Be Headed To STL, TB, MIA, PIT Or Other?

The Angels have spent almost a half of a billion in Free Agency over the last 3 years, and all they have to show for it, is back to back 3rd place finishes in the AL West.  The team will lose Jason Vargas this year, and the Angels are expected to non-tender Tommy Hanson.  The team also featured an anemic Bullpen in the 2013 campaign.  If the Angels are wishing to trade Mark Trumbo, they best acquire 2 Pitchers that can fill in their weaknesses.  Los Angeles have a surplus of OF/DH and 1B on the Roster with Hamilton, Pujols and Bourjos.  Trumbo will be a heavy commodity sought after because he has 3 years of Team Control left with any aspiring club that brings him in.

The Angels have spent almost a half of a billion in Free Agency over the last 3 years, and all they have to show for it, is back to back 3rd place finishes in the AL West. The team will lose Jason Vargas this year, and the Angels are expected to non-tender Tommy Hanson. The team also featured an anemic Bullpen in the 2013 campaign. If the Angels are wishing to trade Mark Trumbo, they best acquire 2 Pitchers that can fill in their weaknesses. Los Angeles have a surplus of OF/DH and 1B on the Roster with Hamilton, Pujols and Bourjos. Trumbo will be a heavy commodity sought after because he has 3 years of Team Control left with any aspiring club that brings him in.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Angels have doled out nearly half a Billion in contracts over the last 3 winters of Free Agency and have nothing to show for it but heartache, misery – and a team that was once a perennial playoff favorite dropped under .500 for only the 2nd time in the last decade during the 2013 season.

Hemorrhaging funds for a club not competing can’t sit well with the team owner Arte Moreno.  Amidst in all of this would be a contract for Mike Scioscia as manager for $5 MIL a year, that renders him unfireable, and  even untradeable.

This team is loaded with talented players like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Howie Kendrick – and of course Mark Trumbo.

Mark Trumbo’s 1st 24 HRs of 2013

Mark Trumbo is one of the better power hitters in the MLB right now,  The Angels already have enough players like him, and are desperately in need of Starting Pitching,  Depending on who they get back for him might determine how well the Angels can finish in 2014.

Mark Trumbo is one of the better power hitters in the MLB right now.  The Angels already have enough players like him, and are desperately in need of Starting Pitching. Depending on who they get back for him might determine how well the Angels can finish in 2014.  Trumbo has great powers as his HR years of 27, 32 and 34 over the last 3 years respectively shows, however he Strikes out a ton, not so good with a another player in the middle of the lineup (such as Hamilton) – who happens to have a similar BB/SO rate.  The Big 1B/OF/DH has a Career OBP of .299.

The talented 27 Year Old, finished 2nd in Rookie Of The Year Voting in 2011, when he clubbed 29 HRs and added 87 RBI in just 539 AB.

2012 saw his numbers turn him into an AL ALL – Star, cracking 32 HRs and adding 95 RBI.

2013 started off with a huge MVP like performance over the 1st couple of months, before petering out with 34 HRs and 100 RBI.  Still great production, but he really cooled off.

There is definitely a massive problem with Trumbo and Hamilton in the lineup at the same time – with their long swings – and heading back to the dugout with contact.

Josh Hamilton was expected to provide some  more power to the Angels  line up this season, but the opposite occurred instead, with Hamilton having his worst BA and OBP of his Career.

Josh Hamilton was expected to provide some more power to the Angels line up this season, but the opposite occurred instead, with Hamilton having his worst BA and OBP of his Career.

Despite the gawdy power numbers the big man originally from Anaheim, CA possesses, Trumbo’s career 3 Slash reads .250/.299/.768.  The man doesn’t walk and has massive Strikeouts.

Last year alone, Trumbo fanned 184 times.  Hamilton’s 3 Slash Line was .250/.307/.739 for the 2013 campaign.  As bad as this was for the former Ranger player, he wasn’t that much worse than Trumbo.

For the season, Hamilton also whiffed 158 times.

It is clear that one man has to leave this lineup – with this down-trodden OBP performance from these two.

The answer is simple, you can’t trade away Hamilton at 4 YRs/$108 MIL on his deal remaining, while Trumbo is under Team Control until 2017.

The Angels need Starting Pitching, and a result of forking over $50 MIL a year to Hamilton and Pujols, it has the cupboard left dry for financial resources – in bringing in solid Starters.

David Price became a 20 game winner for the first time last season, and it won him the American League Cy Young Award. That is really hard to match, but early struggles and injuries held him back in 2013.  He was 9 - 8, with a 3.39 ERA.  Since he is due a payraise - to the $13 - $15 MIL range, it is my feeling the team should trade him to another club for a power hitting 1B that is under Team Control.

David Price became a 20 game winner for the first time last season, and it won him the American League Cy Young Award. That is really hard to match, but early struggles and injuries held him back in 2013. He was 9 – 8, with a 3.39 ERA. Since he is due a payraise – to the $13 – $15 MIL range, it is my feeling the team should trade him to another club for a power hitting 1B that is under Team Control.

The first thought of a trade partner has got to be the Tampa Bay Rays and David Price.  The Rays need a 1st Baseman with power, and the Los Angeles would likely have to give up some pitching prospects as well.

This trade partner makes sense.  Price will be given a raise in Arbitration – to somewhere in the $13 – 14 MIL range for 2014, and then he has one more season left.

The OF with Los Angeles could still be covered with Peter Bourjos, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton manning the field – and you still have Albert Pujols playing at the 1B bag.

Yes Trumbo could DH, but that is an avenue the LA club must consider having free for Hamilton and Pujols to switch off on, and preserve their bodies over the course of 162 Games Played.

Erick Aybar might be a potential SS the Cards would be interested in.  If you packaged Trumbo in the deal, you could possibly fetch some of that Pitching youth back from the Cardinals, and potentially David Freese

Erick Aybar might be a potential SS the Cards would be interested in. If you packaged Trumbo in the deal, you could possibly fetch some of that Pitching youth back from the Cardinals, and potentially David Freese.

Another team that could enter the picture is the St. Louis Cardinals.  They are losing Carlos Beltran in the OF, and are also wanting to pick up a SS.

If the Angels would be inclined to trade Erick Aybar and Trumbo, for a combination of a Starting Pitcher and David Freese, this may be a good deal for the reigning NL champs.

The Angels do not have a 3B in waiting, and their Shortstop position could go Andrew Romine, as his numbers would be better as a SS (and acceptable without power) – as oppose to 3B.

The Cardinals could then seamlessly move Matt Carpenter to 3B, use Kolten Wong at 2B, play Mark Trumbo at 1B, and move Allen Craig to RF, to patrol with CF Oscar Taveras – and LF Matt Holliday.

The Cards would still have Matt Adams as a PH/DH in AL Games, and a spare Infielder.  your 4th OF would become Jon Jay, 5th guy would be Shane Robinson – and you could relegate Daniel Descalso or Peter Kozma to be Utility Infielders.

Nate Eovaldi had a 3.39 ERA for the Marlins in 18 Game Starts.  If the Angles were to trade Trumbo for him, it may be a good idea, as this guy's average Fastball was the best in the MLB for 2013.  A long-term.  The Miami franchise is also looking for a First Baseman long-term.

Nate Eovaldi had a 3.39 ERA for the Marlins in 18 Game Starts. If the Angles were to trade Trumbo for him, it may be a good idea, as this guy’s average Fastball was the best in the MLB for 2013. The Miami franchise is also looking for a First Baseman long-term.

Another team that maybe a good fit could be the Miami Marlins.  They have several Starters that are young – and possess great upside like Nathan Eovaldi or Jacob Turner.

Them not having a 1B in waiting could be a good move for them to pick up another right handed power bat, that is cheap.

Melancon has traveled his fair share over the past few years seeing time with the Astros and Red Sox. He looks to have found a home with the Pirates.  First he was just an ALL - Star setup man, and now he thrived in the Closer's role (stepping in for Jason Grilli).  He had a 1.39 ERA in 71 IP for the Bucs as the Setup/Closer this past year.

Melancon has traveled his fair share over the past few years seeing time with the Astros and Red Sox. He looks to have found a home with the Pirates. First he was just an ALL – Star 8th Inning man, and now he thrived in the 9th Inning role (stepping in for Jason Grilli). He had a 1.39 ERA in 71 IP for the Bucs as the Setup/Closer this past year.  Melancon would aid a brutal Angels Relief Core – where only Dane De La Rosa featured an ERA under 3 – out of all the chuckers that logged any significant Innings.  LA is looking to compete in the AL for the 2014, as such. they would like to get their hands on a capable Closer without breaking down the bank anyway.

Another team that could sneak into the mix is the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They do have a surplus of Starting Pitching in Francisco Liriano, Jeff Locke, Gerrit Cole, James McDonald, Charlie Morton and Jeanmar Gomez.

The Bucs could sign another mid level Free Agent Starting Pitcher, which would free up one of the later 3. Also, you have Jameson Taillon potentially coming up by mid – year with the big club.

If you also added Mark Melancon to the pile – to aid Los Angeles’s Relief Core, than maybe something could be worked out for Trumbo if you also added another piece.

Pittsburgh needs a slugging First Baseman – and I think they would rather platoon the tandem of Jose Tabata and Garrett Jones in RF, as they are set in the rest of the OF – with NL MVP Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte in LF.

Neil Huntington would love that move because Trumbo is under team control for 2014 – 2016.  The nucleus would all be intact with their Infield and OF all being part of the team for a few more seasons.

The LA AL franchise needs to set the alarm bells off to win a championship right now.  In a few years, Mike Trout will start making a fortune, and exactly how fast in decline are Pujols and Hamilton?

C.J. Wilson signed with the LAA in for 5 YRS/$77.5 MIL - followed up by Albert Pujols inking his name on a deal for 10 YRs/$254 MIL in the same offseason.  But they weren't done the following year, as they locked Hamilton in to a 5 YR/$133.5 MIL contract - and then opted for Joe Blanton  2 YRs/$16 MIL.  This amounts to $475 MIL in dollars allocates to Free Agents.  With a spent Team Salary, and still the want to compete, the club will look for a 2 - 3 year Starting Pitching that they can acquire via trade, as oppose to another overpay on the open market.  So who will land Trumbo in a deal:  Pittsburgh? Tampa Bay? Miami?  St. Louis? Or another team?

C.J. Wilson signed with the LAA in for 5 YRS/$77.5 MIL – followed up by Albert Pujols inking his name on a deal for 10 YRs/$254 MIL in the same offseason – heading into 2012. But they weren’t done the following year, as they locked Hamilton in to a 5 YR/$133.5 MIL contract – and then opted for Joe Blanton 2 YRs/$16 MIL. This amounts to $475 MIL in dollars allocated to Free Agents on just the 4 players. With a high Team Salary, and still the want to compete, the club will look for a 2 – 3 year Starting Pitcher that they can acquire via trade, as oppose to another overpay on the open market. So who will land Trumbo in a deal: Pittsburgh? Tampa Bay? Miami? St. Louis? Or another team?

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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