With the 2013-14 MLB offseason looming teams are beginning to work out their future plans in an effort to prepare for 2014 and beyond. One such team is the Los Angeles Angels who coming off a disappointing season have been rumored to be in the trade market as a possible seller in the offseason. Mark Trumbo might be the best trade bait the Angels have to offer. He has tons of power clubbing 95 home runs over the last three seasons including a career-high 34 in 2013. However his eye at the plate could use improvement as his career on-base percentage sits under .300 and he puts up big time strikeout numbers. While the Angels would likely be happy to keep Trumbo there are reasons the team should also be happy to part with him for the right price. First among those is his salary. Trumbo still has three years of team control remaining which will make him attractive in a trade. However those three years will see him be arbitration eligible meaning he is about to get pricey. For Los Angeles another big contract may be unacceptable. The Angels are already paying Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols a combined $310 million for what has been disappointing production thus far. Furthermore the team has pitchers Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson signed to big deals through 2016 and are paying good-sized contracts to Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar. And while he is still making under a million dollars for now outfielder Mike Trout is going to receive a monster of a deal and soon. The other factor that could push Trumbo out of Los Angeles is the emergence of Kole Calhoun as a viable option in right field. An outstanding hitter in the minor leagues Calhoun never got much love on top prospect lists. He was called up in late July and asserted himself well hitting .282/.347/.462 with eight home runs over 58 games.
Angels trade rumors: Mark Trumbo sought by multiple teams
SB Nation | Oct 5