7 Angels trade proposals via Baseball Trade Values

The offseason is nearly two months old and we’ve had very few meaningful MLB transactions.

Other than a handful of players accepting their qualifying offers (Marcus Stroman, Kevin Gausman) and a few second-tier signings (James McCann, Trevor May), it’s been a slow-moving winter. To the Angels credit, they’ve been one of the few active teams, swinging trades for Raisel Iglesias and Jose Iglesias and signing left-handed reliever Alex Claudio. With the holiday season in full swing, however, it’ll likely be weeks until we start seeing more major activity.

As Angels fans, we’re all well-aware that the club still needs to add multiple major pieces to the club, whether it be in the rotation, at catcher, or in the outfield. As a fanbase, many have been throwing out trade proposals for months now, including on this very site with the If I Were Perry Minasian series. Personally speaking, I have heavily utilized the website Baseball Trade Values, a fascinating website that assigns values to each player and lets you create your own trade proposals. While the site is not perfect and there are certainly player values you can gripe with, not to mention there isn’t team context included for trades, it’s a fun and accessible site to develop trade proposals. You can read more about their process for assigning player values here.

I messed around on Baseball Trade Values for a while and came up with some trade proposals that could net the Angels significant talent. As you’ll see, many of these trade proposals are rotation-focused and many of the trade targets will involve a high financial or prospect cost. Quite frankly, I decided to make an article out of this to develop conversations on the site and give us something to talk about. Full disclaimer: I am not advocating that the Angels make any of these specific trades or that the value is perfect for each one. This was mostly a byproduct of a boring offseason and a desire to see the Angels make a big move to improve the 2021 team.

Without further ado, here are some wild trade proposals courtesy of Baseball Trade Values.

Trade Proposal #1: Angels and Rockies

Germán Márquez might be the most valuable pitcher the Angels could acquire in terms of production, age (26 next year), contract (controlled through 2024), and projected value. In fact, he might be the most valuable player traded this offseason, period. In the 2020 Trade Value Series at Fangraphs, Márquez was ranked as the 22nd-most valuable trade piece in baseball, ahead of other potentially-available starters such as Blake Snell and Luis Castillo. In my recent piece looking at the top-10 starters the Angels could acquire, Márquez trailed only Yu Darvish and Trevor Bauer for the best 2021 projection. Long story short, Márquez is a bonafide beast and it’ll cost quite a bit to obtain him.

In addition to Márquez, the Angels also get a young, controllable starter in Kyle Freeland. In my opinion, I think the site is undervaluing Freeland, a 27-year-old starter with a career 119 ERA+ who is controlled through 2023. Regardless, the Angels are sending quite the haul to Colorado, headlined by their most valuable trade chip (sans-Trout) in Jo Adell. In addition, the site believes the club also needs to include two MLB starters (Barria, Sandoval), a fringe top-100 prospect in Adams, and a high-risk, high-reward teenager in Vera. I’m not sure this proposal is enough to get Márquez AND Freeland but if it was, this would be an immediate boon to the 2021 rotation.

Trade Proposal #2: Angels and Reds

This one is a tad crazy and unrealistic but it’s a scenario that fixes a short-term and long-term need in the rotation. Luis Castillo is apparently being brought up in trade talks and, unsurprisingly, the price tag is exorbitant. In that same Fangraphs Trade Value series, Castillo is the 32nd-most valuable trade piece in baseball. At just 28 years old and controlled through 2023, Castillo is an incredibly valuable rotation piece that will be relatively inexpensive for the next three seasons. Gray, who ranked fifth on my top-10 starters list, is a 31-year-old on a bargain deal ($32 million through 2023) and a top-15 starter in baseball. It’s hard to overstate how much obtaining one of these pitchers, let alone both of them, would help the 2021 team.

The likelihood of this kind of trade happening, however, is slim-to-none. The Angels would not only give up three legitimate MLB pieces in Adell, Canning, and Sandoval but they’d also have to include their top two outfield prospects in Marsh and Adams. It’s the type of trade that could be produce disastrous long-term results if one or both of Castillo/Gray underperform. But if the Angels are operating under the initiative to make the most of the Trout/Rendon window, adding Castillo and Gray for the next three seasons immediately makes the Angels a legitimate short-term contender. What’s more likely, however, is the Angels make a trade for one of these pitchers, not both of them.

Trade Proposal #3: Angels and Rays

Here’s why this seemingly crazy trade proposal could work for both sides. For the Rays, a team who is constantly swapping short-term value out for long-term value, they’ll shed roughly $25 million for the 2021 season. With the depth they possess in the upper minors and their ability to constantly re-shuffle the roster with success, this trade may be a boon to the Rays. It’s also not just a pure salary dump as Marsh is a legitimate top-75, near-big-league-ready outfield prospect and Sandoval is an immediate pitcher the Rays could use in multiple ways.

For the Angels, they get their young, cost-controlled frontline starter in Blake Snell, who immediately slots in as their number one starter in 2021 and beyond. The injury risk (history of arm issues) and innings limit the Rays put on Snell is a concern but his production, age (28), and contract ($39 million through 2023) made him the #30 player on the Fangraphs Trade Value list.

In addition, the Angels get not just one but two MLB outfield options. Small-sample size be damned, the Angels are coming off of the worst defensive performance of any outfield unit in baseball (last in both Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating). My not-so-hot take is that Mike Trout should be making a transition to right field, where he can continue to use his elite speed and be an asset defensively rather than a liability (he’s been below-average in three of the last four seasons). As he enters his 30’s next year, it’s probably time to slide him over to RF with the excess of CF options in the minors. In Kiermaier and Margot, they get a perfectly useful CF platoon that will provide above-average to great defense and decent offense. Notably, this gives the Angels a chance to drastically alter their outfield defense in 2021 and gives the club plenty of MLB outfield options.

Trade Proposal #4: Angels, Brewers, and Pirates

Here’s a trade that adds to positions of need across the Angels roster. Musgrove is a controllable starter who ranked ninth on my top-10 available pitchers list. Coming off of a mini-breakout in an 8-game stint, Musgrove has the ingredients and recent trends to possibly translate this success over a full season in 2021. Hader is one of baseball’s dominant relievers with a career 2.51 ERA and 44.1 percent strikeout rate. His price tag probably isn’t as high as many would expect, either, given that he’s about to make a ton of money in the next three years of arbitration. Stallings is a perfectly competent MLB catcher who gives the Angels a long-term option to pair with Max Stassi. The Angels would have one of the better MLB catching duos in Stassi/Stallings.

This trade obviously hurts the club in the long-term, with the inclusion of Marsh, Adams, and an intriguing high-risk, high-reward prospect in Kyren Paris. Fans may be hesitant to move Marsh and two nice prospects in a deal that doesn’t net the Angels a bigger fish but this move helps fill multiple positions of need for the Angels. Furthermore, this trade would only add about $15 million to the payroll in 2021, giving the club enough funds to go sign/acquire another starting pitcher. It also gives the Angels a potentially dominant back-end of the bullpen with Hader and Raisel Iglesias.

Trade Proposal #5: Angels and Cubs

If you’re looking for a deal that gives you the most immediate short-term value, this is probably your trade. What’s appealing about trading with the Cubs is they’re a club that is clearly looking to retool their roster, which makes more expensive veterans like Darvish and Contreras viable options. Darvish was ranked as the number one pitcher on my top-10 list, which is no surprise given that he’s been one of baseball’s best pitchers over the past decade. He’s owed pretty significant money for the next three years but $59 million for a clear frontline starter, albeit in his age 34-36 seasons, is completely fair. Contreras is one of baseball’s best catchers but is also about to make quite a bit of money through arbitration before hitting free agency after 2022.

For the Cubs, they not only shed significant payroll but they get a top prospect in Marsh and potential rotation options in Sandoval and Suarez. Cubs fans may want a bigger return for these two players but given that they’ll make a combined $25-ish million next season, the prospect return will be limited. For the Angels, Darvish gives them their #1 starter and Contreras adds another big bat at a position of need to pair with Max Stassi.

Trade Proposal #6: Angels and Cleveland

The Angels and Cleveland seem like an obvious fit given the never-ending pipeline of starting pitching talent that is produced in Cleveland. Add in their incessant desire to shed payroll and chop off talent from the MLB roster and that makes the Angels a clear fit. Heading to the Angels is a package headlined by Carrasco, who ranked sixth on my top-10 starters list. Carrasco carries more risk than others on this list considering that he’ll be 34 next year, is coming off of his worst walk percentage (9.6 percent) since 2014, and will make $24 million over the next two seasons. Civale gives the club a high-floor, low-upside controllable starter and Hedges is another catching option in the mix for 2021.

Marsh makes too much sense for Cleveland, given their desperate need for outfielders and the club’s desire to find controllable, young talent. Reyes, acquired in the Jason Castro trade with the Padres, is a volatile reliever with a blazing fastball but legitimately bad command. Out of MiLB options for 2021, Reyes feels like a potential bullpen piece that Cleveland can try to fix next spring.

Trade Proposal #7: Angels and Tigers

The Angels need young, controllable pitching and the Tigers have plenty of it. Skubal was a top-50 prospect entering 2020 and would add both talent and control to an Angels organization that needs it. Turnbull is an already-proven MLB pitcher who ranks 36th in SP WAR (4.3) over the last two seasons. By acquiring both Skubal and Turnbull, the Angels get two legitimate, controllable MLB starters and fill out their rotation for 2021.

The Tigers organization is loaded with pitching talent in the upper minors and in the current rotation. There is a clear need, however, for a blue-chip outfield prospect, which is where Marsh comes in. Marsh helps balance an organization that is depleted in position players and gives them a near-MLB ready option. Sandoval helps replace some of the traded rotation depth and Jackson gives them a high-variance lower-minors prospect.

*Cover Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images*

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HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 years ago

I like #4 if we want to win now. Having two studs in the pen and another high upside starter with years of control, plus a catcher… this seems to solve the biggest needs all in one. Then we add one more starter – and we’re darn close.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 years ago

I also like #5 because I’m a huge Darvish fan. Perhaps my favorite current pitcher to watch.

Nick_LA96
Member
3 years ago

Good article, I’m not huge on trading marsh or adell but something has to be done in a trade this year with how much these guys are asking in FA (I still want them but it’s a lot). I went to check bleacher report today and they put out a “desperate buyers and sellers” article, I was not super happy with ours. They had a straight up trade Carrasco for Adell. That doesn’t feel nearly enough for Adell to me. I’d at the least like to see a catcher in there.

Nick_LA96
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent Maguire

Good point, I was more going for the fact that despite the down year in a way too early call up, Adell is worth way more than just a good 33 year old Carrasco.

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago

Does this mean you don’t like Marsh? When trading any of Sandoval, Canning, Marsh, Adell, or Adams you know that is a lot of our future. I would rather have Canning and Sandoval than Gray. I really think that Castillo is worth anything they want. I don’t see the Pirates parting with Musgrove.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Brent Maguire

Trout will be 30 this coming August. There’s more of his “window” in the rear view mirror than in front of him. Rendon will be 31 in July. Perry needs to move with a sense of urgency.

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago
Reply to  Brent Maguire

To everyone I agree the window is closing on Trouty and Rendon, so I see how trading these youngsters will definitely have to go. I just really have a problem with losing the whole minor league system’s best pieces if it brings a Pennant. It is tough to decide who should go.
I will say I prefer Adell should go rather than Marsh.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Brent Maguire

Maybe Marsh comps out to Jim Edmonds.

I do believe Adell has the higher ceiling, but Marsh has the higher floor.

Cowboy26
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3 years ago

If we are officially in “Win Now Mode” then the only question is which one of Adell or Marsh can yield us more in trade?

However, I have the same fears about Adell as many on this site do. Granted, there’s a first time for everything, but is there even one comp of a past exceptional major leaguer that has debuted so poorly in his first 130+ PA’s? He clearly wasn’t ready and it remains to be seen if he ever will given the possibility of these ignominious memories creeping back into his head.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Perry’s going to rebuild the minors in his image regardless, so might as well get proven major league talent for the lure of what prospects *might* be. Trade ’em all.

FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago

You have my vote Senator!

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

it feels like the makings of the 1982 Halos all over again.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Cowboy26

The thing about the offseason leading into the 1982 season was that the Angels added veterans who were winners. Boone, DeCinces, Foli, Jackson all won on previous teams and help shed the “lovable losers” image the franchise had.

Those acquisitions with Grich, Carew, Lynn, Baylor and Downing already on the roster created a truly dominant offense. Kison, Renko and Witt did enough on the mound to win games.

If we get anything close to that in 2021, I’d be thrilled!

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
3 years ago

Some of these would be pretty wild which is fun. Personally I’d only move 1 of Adell and Marsh though because I remember those Dipoto years where we had no outfielders and just finding one to plug in wasn’t the easy fix you’d think when payroll was capped.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

The fond memories of the Navapile (which Upton has solved, up to now) and the black hole at 2B (which Fletcher has plugged).

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
3 years ago

Glad to see I’m not the only one staying up late playing around on the simulator ha ha. These are far more ambitious than I generally sway.

Darvish/Contreras is the clear headline grabbing move, greatly improving two weaknesses at once for multiple seasons. That lineup is fierce and our bullpen should be able to hold leads this year.

I really think a trade of a lesser magnitude takes place and one of Gray, Carrasco, or Musgrove is an Angel.

Jeff Joiner
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3 years ago
Reply to  Brent Maguire

I like it.

As I mentioned yesterday I’ve found picking up Gray along with Akiyama makes the prospect return a little more palatable and gives the Angels two years of a lefty OF with a good OBP. And a trade for just Carrasco is very easy to pull off on the simulator.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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I would be fine with any of these trades because I love adventure. Still, I also think we could mortgage less of our future by say trading direct with Pitt for Musgrove, Stallings and Brault for example and get similar results as some of these trades, especially if we then signed another pen piece or back end starter. I think trading Adell or Marsh needs to yield a guy like Marquez or Castillo or it’s not worth it.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

It’s fun to dream – great article Brent!

I’m a fan of Door #1. If we’re trading youth, I want to get youth in return.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

I like the Cubs trade though I would make it Adell and Sandoval for Contreras and Darvish and ask the Cubs for $10 million towards the salaries. It’s a bit of an overpay by the Angels but it solves two immediate needs in a big way. It’s a win-now move.

I would hold onto Suarez and including Adell allows for this. Angels also pick up some cash which helps for other signings this offseason.

Fansince1971
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3 years ago
Reply to  Brent Maguire

With Darvish and Contreras and the improved bullpen (with a legit closer) this team has legit playoff potential. I’d put them at 88-90 wins.

Warfarin
Trusted Member
3 years ago

A lot of fun ideas here!

Personally, I am a big fan of acquiring Snell + Keirmaier and having Trout shift over to LF.

I know that is considered blasphemy to some, but Keirmaier is the best defensive CF in baseball, and Trout would likely become the best defensive LF in the game or close to it.

Making that trade (I’d personally put Adell in the deal in place of Marsh and not include Margot/Sandoval, and instead ship Barria or a prospect) would give us an ace in Snell and dramatically improve our OF defense.

If Minasian is all about run prevention, then acquiring the best defensive CF in the game would certainly help us a lot.

Warfarin
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3 years ago
Reply to  Warfarin

Just expanding upon that idea:

Snell + Keirmaier for Adell + Barria (or some SP prospect not named Detmers or CRod).

Sign Quintana (2/20?) and Suzuki (1/3?)

Rotation becomes Snell, Bundy, Heaney, Quintana, Canning, Ohtani*. I would say this is a very good rotation, and we would have great defense at 3B, SS, 2B, CF, LF, C.

Would go a long way to improving this team.

Warfarin
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Warfarin

And in this regard, we’d have Sandoval and Suarez in AAA as immediate depth, with potentially Detmers and CRod on the horizon, although I’d expect those two to become options moreso in 2022 than 2021.

h27kim
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Warfarin

I’m not sure what to think of the possible Snell+Kiermeier deal.

Both are, theoretically, great additions. But both have also been injury prone and are, combined, fairly costly in terms of money: I think they will wipe out all salary flexibility between them while we remain some pieces short (is there still enough room for a Quintana after adding Snell and Kiermeier? They make in the neighborhood of 25 mil next year, right? We have added the Islesiases already. That should leave us just enough to add someone like Suzuki or Casali, I think. We would also need to be creative about RF in the short term as well–a Margot would be a useful addition in that dimension, although adding more pieces to a trade with Ray’s seems dangerous).

FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent Maguire

My attitude towards the Rays as well. Snell has some risk that we need to realize.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

The difference between 200 innings and 150 innings is huge for the Angels. We don’t have the pitching depth of TB to absorb those extra 50 frames.

That’s why I actually prefer Gray and Carrasco. I think their overall numbers will be equal or greater to Snell + whoever throws the other 50 innings.

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Warfarin

As far as pure run prevention, Snell/KK would be it. Having both KK and Trout on the grass at the same time would be incredible.

Thing is, like Brent mentioned, Snell is a 5 inning pitcher and KK has both injury histories and hits like a utility infielder. Plus those two would already put us above projected payroll so any other additions would be unlikely.

Warfarin
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I think Snell + Keirmaier combine for ~21mil next year, which should still leave room for another more modest addition.

Snell, I think, could pitch deeper into games. I think the Rays are ruled by analytics, but I think perhaps a more optimal blend of analytics and scouting would enable Snell to pitch a bit deeper into games.

Keirmaier, to me, would be incredibly transformative, and similar to adding Iglesias at SS, in that it improves our defense at two positions – in this instance, CF and LF.

Right now, with Trout in CF, Upton in LF, and Ward/Schebler in RF, our OF defense is certainly subpar on the whole, IMO. I doubt this deal happens, but I’d certainly do it.

To flesh it out further, assuming we have about ~8-10mil left to spend, I’d probably gamble on Chris Archer on a one year deal (probably would just cost 5-6mil) and sign Suzuki or Castro to serve as co-catcher.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Brent Maguire

That’s gonna be the test for “How cool is Trout” down the road. Is he gonna get sticky when it turns out Adams or Marsh is a beast CF and Maddon wants to put him out there.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago

Agreed. Let’s hope he soaked in a lot from Torii.

FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent Maguire

Yeah, Trout wont be rotated out of center just yet. Especially for a bat like KK.