3 Angels Players That Could Be Traded This Season

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Updated: March 26, 2017

The 2017 season is almost here, but before we get to that let’s breakdown some possible trades to look out for this season. The Angels have a stronger roster than they did a season ago, and have some interesting trade pieces as they head into 2017.

Don’t worry Mike Trout is not on this list, but you never know, right? The three players that are on this list are players that are not key to the Angels future, and could possibly help them gain some useful prospects or young players to build around.

First on the list is third baseman Yunel Escobar. The 34-year-old is in the final year on his three-year deal, and is set to become a free agent after 2017. His first season in Anaheim last year was a success, as he hit .304 with five home runs and 39 RBI in 132 games.

The bad news for Escobar is that the Angels have a boat load of depth at third base. The emergence of Jefry Marte as put some pressure on Escobar. The Halos also have Cliff Pennington and Luis Valbuena locked into multiple year deals.

The Angels have no real reason to keep Escobar around longer than 2017. Depending on his level of success in 2017, the Halos could move him early in the year, and focus on the future at third base.

Next on the list is starter Ricky Nolasco. The Angels acquired Nolasco last season, and he’s now entering the final year of his four-year deal. He pitched well with the Halos, but the 34-year-old doesn’t have much of a future in Anaheim.

Nolasco is a nice fill-in now as the Angels try to figure out their options in the rotation. When the trade deadline rolls around Nolasco will be a prime trade candidate, and don’t be surprised if the Angels move him.

Lastly the final player on the list on trade candidates is closer Huston Street. The 33-year-old is entering is final year on his two-year deal, and after a disastrous season in 2016, the Angels could be ready to move on.

The Angels are searching for their future at closer, and that will likely be Cam Bedrosian. He still needs some time to ease into the role, but Street’s future in Anaheim looks bleak. Street will already start the season on the disabled list.

Once he’s regained some value the Angels will look to move him the first chance they get. Escobar, Nolasco, and Street are all prime trade candidates for the Angels this season. Expect all three to be on different teams by the end of the 2017 season.

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