Where Could The Colorado Rockies Flip Jose Reyes?
Jun 21, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels infielder E. Aybar (2) talks with bench coach D. Ebel (21) before the start of the game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
The Angels didn’t hit for a long time early on this season, before finally figuring it out with studs like Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and increasingly Kole Calhoun taking on the brunt of the offensive responsibilities.
In left field, Matt Joyce, Daniel Robertson, and Efren Navarro all struggled to stick, and it prompted the Angels this week to trade for both Shane Victorino and David Murphy, so this club appears to have filled their corner outfield gap with some mid-level temporary veterans. So, at least in regards to flipping CarGo in a hypothetical Reyes, that option may very well be out (but hey, never say never?).
Back to Reyes, though, the Angels have two major offensive holes that might make them an interesting partner: one is in the infield, where while Erick Aybar has done well enough as the starting shortstop this year, Johnny Giavotella is fading fast at second base, and David Freese has struggled with injury and effectiveness at third; could the Angels go get another middle infielder in Reyes from a motivated Rockies club?
Couple that hypothetical need with catchers; the Angels have gotten really, really bad production from catchers Carlos Perez, Chris Iannetta, and (the now-departed) Drew Butera in 2015. Nick Hundley would be an interesting trade option, since he’s having a great year beside and behind the plate. Is it too far to speculate over a Hundley-and-Reyes-for-prospects deal from the Angels?
Next: Option Three: The Los Angeles Dodgers