Tag:Hot Stove
Posted on: November 22, 2008 12:23 am

Moves I'd make as Angels GM

Angels GM Tony Reagins is a very astute baseball man. He's more aggressive than his predecessor Bill Stoneman and that is something all Angels fans can appreciate. However, all this talk about Arte Moreno expanding payroll to convince players like Mark Teixeira and C.C. Sabathia to make Anaheim their home the next eight to ten years is missing the mark. The Angels aren't that far away. They had the best record in the bigs last season and are one of the best run franchises in the game - with an outstanding minor league system to boot. All the club needs is tweaking. Swallow hard Angels fans and take a look at what I would do if I were Angels GM for a day: Add power to the infield without blowing up the payroll on Tex. The Angels have been trying to advance in the playoffs with an infield that (sans Mark Teixeira) lacks the ability to drive the ball. Howie Kendrick has a world of potential, but he's not to be confused with Chase Utley, Dan Uggla or even Jeff Kent. He get's injured every year and he and Aybar are you most tradable players. Houston is looking to dump some salary and dangling young infielders, an everyday catcher and a hard throwing young starter would probably net you the Astros left side of the infield Ty Wiggington and Miguel Tejada. I would offer Nick Adenhart, Aybar, Mathis and Brandon Wood for Wiggington and Tejada. Tejada may not be the player he was four years ago, but he's a definite upgrade over anything the Angels have at that position. Wiggington is a workmanlike 3B with 25 HR, 80 RBI pop. The trade frees Chone Figgins to move to LF everyday, giving the Angels the fastest OF in the majors with Figgy, Garry Mathews Jr. and Tori Hunter. Coming off of knee surgery Vladimir Guerrero is slated to full time DH. The Angels fill two areas of need all for the same salary they paid Garret Andeson last season. Give Kendry Morales the everyday job at 1b and he'll likely give the Angels the same production Casey Kotchman did. He's not Tex, but you save yourself the 160-200 million dollars it would take to sign one player and use that money to extend staff ace John Lackey four years and lock up guys like Saunders and Santana down the road. The pitching staff is built for the regular season and always solid, but Lackey slates more as a stellar #2 starter and less as an ace. I would call Kevin Towers and do whatever it takes to come away with Jake Peavy. The Padres are rebuilding and looking to dump salary in these difficult economic times. I know the Padres lack a true lead off man, a center fielder, need a MLB ready starting pitcher and some bullpen help. I would offer a package of Reggie Willits, Jared Weaver, 2b/SS Shawn Rodriguez and a young reliever to acquire Peavy. I think that beats what the Braves and Cubs were offering. To fill Weaver's rotation spot I'd offer a one year contract to Randy Johnson heavy on incentives. This is how the lineup would shape up: Figgins, Kendrick, Guerrero, Hunter, Tejada, Morales, Wiggington, Napoli and Matthew Jr. Pitching Staff: Peavy, Lackey, Santana, Saunders and Johnson. Sheilds, Escobar and Arredondo in the bullpen.

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