Angels go all in for Cespedes?

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Updated: July 26, 2015

Boy, do I love talking trades. Blame it on the armchair GM mode that all of the newer EA games put you in, or the fact that fantasy has taken over pretty much all of our lives, trading is embedded in my bloodstream. With the MLB trade deadline looming, and other contenders beginning to make moves (Johnny Cueto to Kansas City and Scott Kazmir to Houston) the time is ripe for the Halos to make a big splash. It was reported earlier in the week that the Angels were ‘ripening’ to the idea of adding a rental bat. With this news pundits like myself immediately looked to the big free agent bats to be. Both Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes fall into this category of rental bats, and while I’m going to stand pat on my refusal to chase Justin Upton, I do believe the Halos should chase Cespedes until the final minute of the July 31st trading deadline.

I’ve been a fan of Cespedes ever since he broke into the league with the Athletics. The man can absolutely mash the ball and better yet he’s got a cannon in the outfield. So far this season with the up and down Tigers, Cespedes his hitting .287 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI. Imagine putting him in left field, and even better yet, imagine putting Matt Joyce on the bench. The issue with acquiring Cespedes would be the return for him. In a interview earlier this season, Cespedes reiterated his desire to sign long term with the Tigers so there’s little chance he would could be enticed to stay with the Angels long term. If Cespedes’ desire is true, than without a doubt he will be a true rental. So what would the Angels brass be willing to part with?

As I’ve said probably 4,000 times before, the Angels farm system is extremely thin. With top prospects Sean Newcomb completely off the market and Andrew Heaney already proving his worth in the starting lineup, it makes the possibility of a deal that much tougher. However, if the Angels were willing to make the splash required to acquire Cespedes, they could include young righty Nick Tropeano, who just showed off his own major league skills early this weekend. If Tropeano isn’t enough on his own, perhaps the Halos could throw in another right handed prospect in Nate Hyatt. The Tigers could use a pitching prospect like Tropeano, as they will more than likely lose David Price in free agency. The deal is doable for the Angels because of the surplus of great arms they have at the top of the farm or even already in the rotation. If the Angels are serious about a deep run into October, they need a bat the likes of Cespedes.

Until next time,

@wtjefff

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