Los Angeles Angels: trades

Should the Angels upgrade at third?

June, 23, 2012
ANAHEIM --Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was fairly blunt when asked about Kevin Youkilis, who is reportedly close to being traded by the Boston Red Sox.

"We're not involved," Dipoto said.

But should the Angels look to get a little more thunder out of third base? Going into Saturday's game with the Dodgers, the Angels have gotten three home runs from their third baseman. Dipoto said he's not focusing on it before the July 31 trade deadline.

"I don't know that there's an overwhelming market of available power-hitting third basemen that's out there," Dipoto said.

Alberto Callaspo has hit all of three of the home runs from Angels third basemen (he also had a pinch-hit grand slam off Fexlix Hernandez). The other third baseman, Maicer Izturis, still hasn't homered after 134 at-bats. Only the Dodgers and Chicago White Sox have gotten less power out of their third basemen than the Angels.

It appears the Angels' priority before the July 31 trade deadline will be pitching depth, perhaps another arm for the bullpen or a starter they can stockpile at Triple-A.

Here are lineups for Saturday evenings game vs. the Dodgers:

Los Angeles
Dee Gordon SS
Jerry Hairston Jr. 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Bobby Abreu DH
Juan Rivera LF
James Loney 1B
Elian Herrera CF
Juan Uribe 3B
A.J. Ellis C

Mike Trout CF
Torii Hunter RF
Albert Pujols 1B
Mark Trumbo LF
Kendrys Morales DH
Howie Kendrick 2B
Maicer Izturis 3B
Erick Aybar SS
John Hester C

Scioscia plans to accomodate Abreu

March, 2, 2012
Bobby Abreu told Spanish-language reporters Thursday that he plans on playing six days a week during Cactus League play and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Friday he thinks he can find the veteran that many at-bats.

It's unusual for an established veteran to play that frequently, but Abreu, 37, has said he would prefer to be traded rather than be relegated to the Angels' bench. Playing more often here could help showcase him to other teams if he plays well. The Angels have a crowded lineup after the arrival of Albert Pujols and the expected recovery of Kendrys Morales and it's difficult to envision Abreu getting the 400 at-bats the team promised him.

"I think he wants to play. He wants to show he can play, he wants to go out there and win the at-bats that he thinks he’s got to need to contribute to the team," Scioscia said. "He wants to get started on it."



Howie Kendrick
.293 7 75 85
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
WJ. Weaver 18
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169