The Angels came into this season with a big payroll and even bigger expectations after adding megastar Josh Hamilton a year after they signed all-time great Albert Pujols. But they are 48-54 and they just lost Pujols -- maybe for a while -- so they are now showing signs of becoming a surprise seller (a surprise based on their original expectations anyway).

Rival executives suggest that at least one Angels player lefty reliever Scott Downs is now being talked about in possible trades.

The Angels may have had huge dreams when they built their payroll to $140 million but they appear to be facing reality which is the right way to go under the circumstances.

Their sale may not be nearly as exciting their buying spree however.

The Angels don't have a lot of salable pieces anyway and people familiar with their situation suggest one who is very marketable slugger Mark Trumbo isn't very available. While the Angels -- 12 games out in the AL West -- will listen on anyone sources suggest they intend to keep Trumbo -- which probably shouldn't be very surprising considering Pujols' condition. Peter Bourjos may be a bit more available than Trumbo but not much. (And he is currently on the disabled list with a wrist injury.)