The Los Angeles Angels trade deadline was a quiet one. The team notably made a lot of noise in the offseason by signing Justin Bour, Trevor Cahill, Cody Allen and Jonathan Lucroy to contracts. The team also made a trade for All Star second baseman Tommy La Stella. Most of those moves have not worked out, and with the tragic passing of Tyler Skaggs, the team found themselves in the middle of obscurity at the trade deadline.
The Angels Trade
The team made a single trade leading up to the trade deadline. The deal was struck with the Houston Astros. The Astros had just acquired Martin Maldonado and needed to offload a catcher. They found Max Stassi expendable, so they sent him to the Angels.
The Angels sent two minor league outfielders named Rainier Rivas and Raiser Uceta. Both of these players are 18 years old, and it is hard to project where they may end up. Neither Uceta or Rivas are considered a top prospect.
The Angels receive a 28 year old catcher in Max Stassi who is a plus with pitch framing abilities . He will help fill the void of Dustin Garneau who was designated for assignment. Stassi is an above average defender, but has left a lot to be desired with his bat. This year he is hitting .160/.225/.202 with only one home run in 102 plate appearances. Stassi brings defensive prowess and could be a steady back up for the Angels as they move forward.
The Trades That Weren’t
The Angels are out of the Wild Card race, barring a historic turn around. Even with the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, the Angels have still struggled to find an identity and contend. Most of their players are under control beyond this year, and the team has a decent base to build from.
Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout are a great core to build around. Add in guys like Andrelton Simmons, Tommy La Stella and Brian Goodwin and the Angels are not in too bad of shape. This off-season will be a crucial one for a team that is in desperate need of more pitching depth.
The Angels were right to stand pat at the deadline. This team is not worth mortgaging the future for and to start buying. There were not many pieces for them to sell off. Staying the course with a minor adjustment was the right thing to do. The Angels need to have a successful off-season and get as much pitching depth as possible, and then they could see themselves as contenders in 2020.
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