Los Angeles Angels: mailbag

In today’s mailbag, readers ask about the catching situation, what’s going on with the offense, and what’s next.

Luis R. (North Hollywood, Calif.): Looking forward to next season, what are the chances the Angels put either Kendrys Morales or Mark Trumbo at third base and trade Alberto Callaspo or Maicer Izturis?

Mark Saxon: Luis, I think you’re onto something. The Angels would like Trumbo to go play winter ball after this season and work on playing third base and the outfield. He started his minor-league career at third and he says he wasn’t very good, so I think the outfield is more likely. Of course, that raises a whole other can of worms since the Angels have a ton of money tied up in aging veterans there.

Ryan Thomas (Cypress, Calif.): Aramis Ramirez is a potential August trade candidate, but why not David Wright? He seems to fit the Angels’ style better and is under team control beyond this year. Is this possible?

MS: Ryan, David Wright is probably a better player than Aramis Ramirez and his numbers are more valid since he doesn’t play home games at Wrigley Field. The problem, I think, is the other team’s willingness to trade him. The Mets already moved Carlos Beltran, they might lose Jose Reyes next winter. It’s tough to draw fans in New York when you let all the name-brand players go.

Justin (Newport Beach, Calif.): Hey Mark, just wondering what the Halos plan to do with their logjam of outfielders, first basemen, and DHs next year. I assume they’ll have Trout, Peter Bourjos, Hunter, Bobby Abreu, Vernon Wells, Trumbo, and Morales all competing for five spots. How Do the Angels plan to solve this?

MS: Justin, This is the $64,000 question. Or, in the case of Vernon Wells, the $24 million question. That’s his contract next year and it makes him impossible to move. As I see it, the Angels have seven players (Mark Trumbo, Kendrys Morales, Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout) for four spots. It’s going to be a tricky off-season to say the least.

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Howie Kendrick
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HRM. Trout 34
RBIM. Trout 107
RM. Trout 109
OPSM. Trout .940
WJ. Weaver 17
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164