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    Mike Trout is leading the Angels on a blistering midseason tear.The Big Picture
    When the Angels skidded to an 18-25 start, many in Anaheim were hitting the panic button. After the most aggressive offseason of any club in baseball, the offense was flatlining – thanks in large part to the remarkable struggles of LA's marquee acquisition: Albert Pujols.

    Akin to the 2006 Twins, who reversed course after a 25-33 start to win 96 games, the Angels have gone on a midseason tear, with rookie and MVP frontrunner Mike Trout leading the way. They are 5.5 games behind the Rangers in the AL West, but lead the race for the top wild-card spot. At this point, they've got to be feeling pretty good about their chances of making the postseason.

    Why They Will Trade With the Twins
    Of course, when you splurge for $316 million over the winter, simply making the postseason isn't enough. The Angels have championship aspirations, and with the Rangers and Yankees both looking especially strong, they'll need any edge they can get.

    Los Angeles will likely be looking to upgrade the lineup, where there are a few clear weak spots. While Trout and Torii Hunter are holding down two outfield positions, the the final corner has been hurting, with Peter Bourjos hitting .237 and Vernon Wells looking unappealing as a full-time option when he returns from the disabled list. Adding a guy like, say, Denard Span or Josh Willingham would certainly round out that group nicely while pushing the lineup closer to the level of a Texas or New York.

    Why They Won't Trade With the Twins
    Pitching is a major strength for the Halos, so unless they're looking for a fourth weapon in the rotation to complement Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Dan Haren, they seem unlikely to be major players for Francisco Liriano.

    Aside from left field, the biggest weakness in the Angel lineup is catcher, where Bobby Wilson has been getting regular tread with a .483 OPS. Ryan Doumit certainly looks like a potential fit, but the Twins seem unlikely to move him after handing him a two-year extension.

    Summary
    The Angels are front line contenders and are certainly in position to buy at the deadline, but they're red-hot right now and it's not clear their need is great enough to drop big prospects for a guy like Span or Liriano.

    Then again, with expectations as higher as they are, who knows where their desperation may lead.

    Read on to find a few prospects in LA's system that could intrigue the Twins should Jerry Dipoto come calling (sadly, I somehow doubt Trout is an option).

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    Potential Trade Candidates

    Garrett Richards – RHP
    He was considered the organization's top pitching prospect entering the season, but he's scuffled in Triple-A and the majors this year. Still, his numbers in the minors up until this point cannot be ignored and he works in the mid-90s with his fastball. He's still only 24.

    Nick Maronde – LHP
    Another promising young hurler who has looked good this year, flashing strikeout stuff and good control in Single-A at age 22, though he missed a couple months due to a strained lat.

    John Hellweg – RHP
    Hellweg is a nice prospect in his own right. His stock his has dropped this year with a good-not-great performance in Double-A as a 23-year-old (3.31 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 84/56 K/BB in 111 IP), but that could be just what makes him him gettable.

    Ariel Pena – RHP
    Pitching on the same team as Hellweg, and posting slightly better numbers at the same age. Neither Hellweg, Maronde nor Pena are top-tier prospects, but they're all fairly similar in quality and their redundancy may make them more expendable in the eyes of Dipoto.
    This article was originally published in blog: Trade Target Team Profile: Los Angeles Angels started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      D'oh! I forgot the Angels have been trotting Mark Trumbo out in the OF. So really, I don't see how the Angels have much need for any Twins hitters.
    1. benhertz's Avatar
      benhertz -
      Cameron Bedrosian (RHP) was a 1st round pick in 2010 for the Angels. He missed the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He is currently playing for the Cedar Rapids Kernals (A- Midwest League).

      From MLB.com:
      When healthy, the undersized right-hander has an excellent fastball and slider. He’s thrown a changeup and curve as well, but they are way behind the fastball.
      Another pitcher on the Kernals is Joe Melioris, a 6'11" 270 pound RH relief pitcher. Obviously, he wouldn't be the main piece in a trade, but he could be a fun throw-in.
    1. benhertz's Avatar
      benhertz -
      Ariel Pena (from MLB.com):

      With a plus fastball that touches the upper 90s and a nasty plus slider, he can be nearly impossible to hit. But his command has kept him from having prolonged success, with a future in the bullpen a possibility.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      remember campaigning for the Twins to trade for Trumbo before the season started...would have been nice :/
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      remember campaigning for the Twins to trade for Trumbo before the season started...would have been nice :/
      Yeah, and I think I said something like "you're nuts!" My bad.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by gunnarthor View Post
      Yeah, and I think I said something like "you're nuts!" My bad.
      He's still nuts. Wanting Trumbo doesn't change that.
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      It might have been possible to get a package of 3 of those guys for Capps and Liriano, but with Capps on the DL it throws a wrench in the deal.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      remember campaigning for the Twins to trade for Trumbo before the season started...would have been nice :/
      Yeah, our BYTO wishlist from the Angel's glut at a few positions would look really nice right now.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ScottyB View Post
      It might have been possible to get a package of 3 of those guys for Capps and Liriano, but with Capps on the DL it throws a wrench in the deal.
      Then throw in Burton. He's better anyway.

      BTW when I googled his contract I came upon this website which made me laugh:

      http://baseballplayersalaries.com/pl...3_Jared_Burton

      Total Stud.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      Then throw in Burton. He's better anyway.

      BTW when I googled his contract I came upon this website which made me laugh:

      http://baseballplayersalaries.com/pl...3_Jared_Burton

      Total Stud.
      http://baseballplayersalaries.com/pl...137_Matt_Capps

      Matt Capps is overpaid...

      http://baseballplayersalaries.com/pl...55_Drew_Butera

      Drew Butera is very valuable...
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
      Yeah - since he's not taking any salary.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Bedrosian should be a throw in to Garrett Richards if we do a Liriano thing as his 24/31 K/bb rate in 43.2IP is unappealing but Id gamble that after a full year of recovery, he may look like a formr #1 pick who is only 21.
    1. notoriousgod71's Avatar
      notoriousgod71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Bedrosian should be a throw in to Garrett Richards if we do a Liriano thing as his 24/31 K/bb rate in 43.2IP is unappealing but Id gamble that after a full year of recovery, he may look like a formr #1 pick who is only 21.
      If Bedrosian has a beard I'm all for it.
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      Let's see, if we could get Lombo Jr. from the Nats and Bedrosian from the Halos - that would give us 3 kids of former world champs (to go with Butera) - any other former Twins kids available?
    1. mbents's Avatar
      mbents -
      Quote Originally Posted by ScottyB View Post
      Let's see, if we could get Lombo Jr. from the Nats and Bedrosian from the Halos - that would give us 3 kids of former world champs (to go with Butera) - any other former Twins kids available?
      Toby Gardenhire.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      There have been multiple reports from mid-July that the Angels are interested in Liriano. I find that a little hard to believe, but maybe...
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      not if the rumors surrounding James Shields to the Angels are true.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      the problem with teh angels is that htey don't match up well with us. I'd just assume one of the big targets ends up over there.
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