The Los Angeles Angels have been ravaged by injuries to start the season and their farm system is one of the worst in baseball. Those factors caused a lot of MLB rumors surrounding the Angels and their superstar center fielder, Mike Trout.
The Angels would benefit if they trade Trout for a number of top prospects as well as young, major-ready players. However, the team and the player just laughed off the trade speculations during an interview with MLB.com.
“I’ve seen it. I just laugh about it. I love where I’m at. I love Anaheim, the stadium, the organization, and obviously the teammates. Teams go through injuries. That’s the way it is,” Trout said.
“No chance. You do not move superstar players,” Angels general manager Mike Eppler said.
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However, the trade rumors have not died down with Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe suggesting that the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and eight other teams can acquire Mike Trout.
He noted that the Yankees have a connection with Eppler, who served as a scouting director and assistant GM under Brian Cashman. The Yankees could offer a trade package that would include prized prospects such as outfielder Aaron Judge, shortstop Jorge Mateo and starting pitcher Luis Severino.
On the other hand, the Red Sox have a very deep farm system and they could send any combination of some of their top young players like lefty pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, outfielders Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts, and catchers Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez.
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Some of the teams that could trade for Mike Trout mentioned in the report include the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Nonetheless, it would be very difficult for the Angels to part ways with arguably the best player in baseball.
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