It is done. The dust has settled. The Angels have made some moves, so have others. Here’s what the staff here at CtPG has to say about the year’s Trade Deadline.
Jeff Joiner: Ok, the trade of Marsh came out of left field about as quickly as Marsh chasing a low liner. It was unexpected. However, for years I’ve posted trade ideas for a catcher and I’ve railed against how top heavy the offense is. Marsh looks overmatched by MLB pitching to me and likely Bourjos 2.0 so I’ll take a good hitting catcher for that all day. But Marsh has enough upside to make this comment look bad.
I think the Angels really missed a chance to add Hosmer and prospects. Hoz is a better player than Walsh and adding a Gore or Snell for next year would’ve easily justified taking on a salary of only $13 million. Or take on Meyers and get a prospect. Either way, it was short sighted not to buy some prospects when the chance was there.
I think the same short sightedness led to the team not adding cash to Thor to get a decent return. I’m fine with Iglesias being a salary dump, though I do hope Perry knows the Braves system well enough that Davidson is a usable piece.
John Henry Weitzel: Marsh Trade: Z–
F this trade, Perry should be fired for this. “Oh but we need a catcher.” Who cares about catchers?! Also, we have Stassi still, so we are giving up on him? “But long term!” Why Marsh? Why trade the only good defensive outfielder on the team who is still a rookie for a catching prospect that we can cross our fingers for? Adell I get, but now who will play CF so Trout can stay on the field for more than a month?!
Thor Trade: C
We weren’t getting much for Thor anyway as a rental, so 2 OF prospects make sense since we sabotaged the team last trade. He can come back, but won’t count on it.
D-Cell Trade: B
It is a salary dump, sure, and he will get better most likely, but getting a decent lefty arm and money back to make this team less top heavy is a good move. Depth is needed for the Angels and having now 10 SP options for next year is amazing. Just don’t send him on waivers like you did with Packy, Perry.
Jessica: This trade deadline was garbage but the Angels also had little to work with. I give the deadline an F overall. I mean, you can’t expect much from Thor so that was really a wash. Iglesias had some potential for a return but we got nothing really there as well. Marsh was traded for a catching PROSPECT that many are high on because he’s a top 100 baseball prospect. Well, Marsh was #38 overall last year so it really was a step down because Marsh proved he can handle it at the MLB level and was a top 5 defensive player in the outfield (and probably CF replacement for Trout in the near future). Sure, his bat was not there yet but he hasn’t reached his ceiling. Honestly, they potentially downgraded for 2023 and beyond unless O’Hoppe turns out to be an All Star or Gold Glove Winner.
Personally, I would have loved to see them dump Ohtani for a haul. Looking at what the Nats got and knowing the Angels would have received even more just makes me sad.
Turk’s Teeth: The only through-line I see among these three trade deadline exchanges is cost-cutting. Shorter Arte-to-Perry: “I’m not paying for this shit.” It feels like a set of spite trades to clear salary, and it’s clear that Minasian was not given much room to bolster prospect packages by sending cash back. The sunk cost of Rendon and Trout, along with Ohtani’s arbitration case, looms large – it’s obvious the GM is once again going to be working with very little to do much in the offseason.
The Marsh trade feels like Moreno just telling Perry to get this longhair off my field. Despite Marsh’s contact issues this season, I still liked his ceiling. He delivered 2 WAR with his glove alone in his first 162 games. OF defense has been a trouble spot for the team pre-Marsh, and now it’s measurably worse – not a great feature when you’re pitching-starved and need to help assist young rotation arms in every way possible. Moniak is arguably more contact-averse and injury-ridden than Marsh. Clear downgrade, and puts further pressure on Trout’s aging curve as he roams the field.
O’Hoppe is a nice prospect – a consensus top 100 guy among those I trust. It’ll be interesting to see how he gels with the new class at Rocket City, where the pitching reserves are building. I have no issue with his profile – the franchise needs a catcher. Only Edgar Quero (2-3 years away) fills that role, and O’Hoppe is probably 1-2 years from making an impact.
I don’t think much of Moniak or Sanchez – fourth OFs at best, Sanchez a role-player with maybe an Orlando Martinez like trajectory. Tucker Davidson looks like a long reliever and taxi squad arm. The most likely outcome for all three is they provide short-term organizational depth and wash out of the system in a couple years.
This trade deadline’s result is basically O’Hoppe and salary dumping, plus the premature subtraction of an elite defender in the outfield. The Angels are not a better team, but at least they failed fast on the Iglesias contract?
Charles Sutton: Perry has given new meaning to the phrase tear it all down. Moniak is less than Marsh. Chavez is less than Iglesias. Who knows if O’Hoppe will ever be better than Wallach? We got rid of a lot of salary. Hopefully the plan is to extend Ohtani with that money. I guess they might use it to acquire an actual Shortstop in the off season.
Rev Halofan: If O’Hoppe ever makes an All-Star team, today was a great day. So check back in July of 2028 and compare, otherwise the only palpable manifestation of today will be Angels pitchers missing Marsh in the outfield the next three or four seasons. Moniak is a defensive and offensive downgrade, a fourth OF, but a way to get Ward and Adell in the field every day. A big big hope would be Tucker Davidson is the sixth starter in Spring who is serviceable as a 4/5 during lean/injured times for the staff over the next few seasons, basically an off-brand Barria, not that we desperately needed one.
Rahul Setty: For me, this deadline was charitable at best. I’m glad the club escaped the Raisel Iglesias contract and can repurpose some funds, but I’m not convinced the other moves were necessary. To say Brandon Marsh has swing flaws is an understatement, but he’s young, coachable, an elite defender at the club’s biggest position of need (defensively, calm down heathens), and is on pace to produce average value despite striking out 36% of the time. No complaints with O’Hoppe—perhaps I’m privy to nationalism here, but I’m not convinced it’s enough for Marsh, let alone the positional headaches the trade yields. As for the remaining acquirees, well…facepalm.