The Angels’ trade deadline acquisitions have essentially fallen flat
The Angels didn’t go big at the 2015 non-waiver trade deadline. They desperately needed offense, but instead of going after one big-name player with a big bat, they opted to use a series of small moves in an attempt to fill the holes in their lineup – most notably at the designated hitter and left field positions.
Making major, headline-making trades at the deadline hasn’t always worked out so well for the Angels in the past. They picked up Mark Teixeira, for example, from the Atlanta Braves in mid-2008. Teixeira’s play did not disappoint as he batted .358/.449/.632 in 54 games for the Angels, but the team still imploded in the 2008 American League Division Series, losing to the Boston Red Sox, three games to one. Teixeira was just a rental and signed with the New York Yankees in 2009.
Signing other big name, expensive players hasn’t really worked out for the Angels either – two examples being Gary Matthews Jr. and Josh Hamilton – so it is no wonder they decided to go in a different direction.
To find out what’s been going on with Angels’ acquisitions Shane Victorino, David Murphy, David DeJesus and Conor Gillaspie, you can read the rest of my post at Today’s Knuckleball using the link below: