Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
BY DAN ZIELINSKI
In baseball, a team either wants to consistently be in World Series contention or sitting at the bottom of the pack, rebuilding and developing their farm system for future, consistent success. Stuck in mediocrity is where a team never wants to remain.
For the last seven seasons, the Los Angeles Angels have been stuck in purgatory. With ageing, overpaid veterans and one of the worst farm systems in the game, there’s little chance the Angels will pass through the pearly gates in the next few seasons.
Because of this, it’s time for the Angels to follow the Chicago White Sox's plan and rebuild. While they have few players that are attractive to other teams via trade, they do have the best player in baseball in two-time MVP Mike Trout.
While some might wonder why they’d trade the best player in baseball, the Angels aren’t winning with him, so they should do whatever they can to field a winning club without him. This means trading Trout for a haul of prospects to rebuild the farm system, which would potentially set them up to consistently compete at a high-level in the future.
One team that would make a perfect trade partner with the Angels is the New York Yankees, who have one of the best farm systems. At only 25-years-old and under team control through 2020, Trout is a perfect fit for the Yankees. A New Jersey native, Trout has finished in the top two of the MVP voting in each one of his first six full seasons in the majors and is on his way to being one of the greatest players in baseball history.
In return the Yankees would need to give up a massive package of young talent. But it would be worth it to acquire a new face for their franchise and a superstar, who is just entering the prime of his career.
Here is a package the Yankees should consider giving up to acquire Trout:
After posting a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts in 2015, Severino was brutal in the starting rotation last year, recording an 8.50 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 11 starts. But in the same appearances out of the bullpen in 2016, he had an outstanding 0.39 ERA, allowing only eight hits in 23 1/3 innings.
With the dramatic deals completed this off-season, like the White Sox securing three pitching prospects (including two of the best in all of baseball) in return for outfielder Adam Eaton, this is a bargain for a future Hall of Famer, who is just entering the prime of his career.
If the Angels want a chance to compete for a World Series crown within the next five to 10 years, they need to trade Trout and start the rebuilding process. Although they are taking a major risk by acquiring six young, unproven players, this could be the move that sets them up for a competitive future.