July 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) is congratulated by third base coach Dino Ebel (21) after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels: Buyers or Sellers?


First of a two-part series: The Los Angeles Dodgers and whether they are buyers or sellers will be covered later this week.

This is the time of year where much is happening in Major League Baseball, particularly in the front offices.

The trade deadline, the last day that deals can be made without players having to clear waivers, is on July 31, and rumors are already abounding, including one that would have the Chicago Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano going back to his original team, the New York Yankees.

The 30 MLB clubs are divided into two types right around now:

A.  The Buyers – teams who are in contention for the post-season that make deals to add needed players that can put them over the top, and…

B.  The Sellers – teams who aren’t doing so well and are essentially out of the pennant race, who make deals to dump high salaries for minor league prospects.

As for L.A.’s American League entry, the Angels, things are currently cut and dry as they have fallen into fourth place and 11 games behind the Oakland A’s in the A.L. West, their latest outing resulting in a 10-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins in which they gave up seven runs in the 10th inning.

Not to put the blame for what’s becoming a lost season in Anaheim solely on him, but Joe Blanton has become the symbol of this futility as the right-handed starter has been well deserving of the “Charlie Brown” award. He has won but two games in 2013 while losing 13 (leading MLB), sporting a 5.66 earned run average.

Adding salt to Blanton’s wounds, no one in baseball has given up more hits, runs and home runs than him.

At this rate, Mike Scioscia’s club cannot worry about trying to add someone to give them a push; they are too far back in the race.

That’s why at this particular time, I won’t peg these Halos as sellers just yet, because the players with big contracts such as Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton are signed to long term deals and the team would lose millions if they are moved.

However, if the Angels don’t catch fire, go on a long winning streak and get into the division race – starting now – they may well end up being a seller.



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