The 3rd Man In

Angels need to trade Mike Trout this offseason

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout has made one postseason appearance since his major-league debut in 2011. The Angels have unsuccessfully tried to build a winning club around him through trades and free agency year after year.

They’re stuck in purgatory with a roster filled with expensive and aging veterans. They also have a mediocre farm system with few impact players.

Mediocrity defines the Angels. It is time for them to follow the paths of other teams, who were in similar situations over the last handful of seasons, and rebuild from the ground up. To begin a complete overhaul, the Angels need to trade two-time MVP Mike Trout.

Nearly two years ago, I called for the Angels to deal their star player. Since then, the Angels have held onto Trout and missed the playoffs each season.

The Angels aren’t winning with Trout, so it’s time to trade him and try to win without him.

Trout, 27, has two years, $68.168 million remaining on his contract before he’s eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.

Although the Angels won’t receive a collection of prospects they could have received two years ago, Trout has enormous value as a five-tool player and would command enough talent that could reshape their farm system and future.

The ideal trade partner for the Angels is the Philadelphia Phillies. They have assets in terms of major-league ready talent and prospects to make a lucrative offer. Trout also grew up in New Jersey and is a Philadelphia sports fan, which could ease the Phillies’ worries about having to try to resign him in two years.

Here is a package the Phillies should consider giving up to acquire Trout:

Sixto Sanchez, RHP: Sanchez is the Phillies top prospect, and ranks him as the 21st prospect in the game. He spent this season at Class A Advanced where he compiled a 4-3 record with a 2.51 ERA, 45 strikeouts and 11 walks in eight starts (46 2/3 innings). Elbow inflammation slowed his development this season.

A 6-foot, 185-pound righty, Sanchez has top-of-the-rotation potential. His four-seam fastball consistently hits triple digits, while his two-seamer has sink and late life. His curveball is an above-average offering, while his changeup continues to progress.

Adam Haseley, OF: Haseley was the Phillies first-round pick in 2017 out of Virginia. After being the No. 8 overall selection, Haseley has cruised through the minor leagues. He started the season at Class A Advanced before earning a promotion to Double-A. He hit .305 with 17 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 118 games between the two levels.

Haseley is gap-to-gap hitter and has the speed and arm strength to play all three outfield positions.

Mickey Moniak, OF: Moniak was the No. 1 overall pick out of the California high school baseball ranks in 2016. After struggling in his first full season in 2017, Moniak showed improvement in Class A Advanced this season. He hit .270 average with 28 doubles, five home runs and 55 RBIs in 114 games.

Moniak, 20, is a potential top-of-the-order batter but has struggled with plate disciple in his brief professional career. He isn’t a power threat but has the speed to impact the game on the bases and in the field. Moniak doesn’t have a strong arm but his speed makes up for it. He figures to play center field in the pro ranks.

Read a draft profile on Moniak from 2016 here.

Dominic Pipkin, RHP: Pipkin had the potential to go in the early rounds of the 2018 MLB draft. But after he slid past that point, he didn’t hear his name called until the ninth round. The Phillies paid him an above-pick-value bonus of $800,000.

Pipkin pitched in 10 games (eight starts) after the draft and recorded a 3.64 ERA with 18 strikeouts and eight walks in 29 2/3 innings. Read multiple MLB draft stories on Pipkin here.

J.P. Crawford, SS: Crawford was once one of the top prospects in baseball and figured to play apart in the Phillies’ future. But he missed 101 games this season, and in the meantime, Scott Kingery took over the starting shortstop duties. The expectation is that Kingery will hold that role if the Phillies don’t sign free-agent shortstop Manny Machado.

Crawford is still young at 23 years old, but his career is in a crossroads. He hasn’t lived up to expectations in his brief stints with the Phillies the last two years. He’s hit .214 with three home runs, 18 RBIs, 59 strikeouts and 29 walks in 187 at-bats (72 games) in two years.

Trout is a future Hall of Famer and is in the prime of his career. Although it’s difficult to trade a player of his caliber, the Angels need to start the rebuilding process in hopes of bringing a World Series to Anaheim in the next 10 years. It’s a risk acquiring five young and unproven players, but it’s a move that could set them up for a competitive future.

(Photo of Mike Trout: USA Today)


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  2. Scott L Davis

    November 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Ludicrous – stop trying to unload Trout.

    • Kalvin fox

      November 11, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Lmao…billy eppler just laughed and said “we’re not trading trout” stop begging.

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  4. steve

    November 4, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    The Phillies are the team I have advocated that Trout be traded to in the offseason. The Angels should get Hoskins, Hernandez, Moniak and Sanchez.

  5. C.M.

    November 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm


  6. Chris Gro

    November 4, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    3 guys in A, one in AA, and a dude who missed 101 games this season. Not a top 10 prospect amongst them…for Mike Trout.

    This package wouldn’t get you a Trout-signed ball, let alone the dude’s 27-28 seasons.

  7. Rick

    November 4, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I did not quite get the premise here. Is trading the best player on the planet, the great Mike Trout, better for the him, or for the Angels? It sounds to me as though this author is making the claim that the Angels would be better off without him.

    No, sir. Baseball is better off if the devilishly bad Angels do us fans a big favor and trade him to a team that will make the playoffs before the Great One is 40 years of age.

  8. Collin

    November 4, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Good article. This would definatley give the Angles some good young pitching potential which is what they need. In addition the outfield prospects would help with Calhoun being uncertain. This would help in revitalizing that team. Also works out because hopefully in 2 years when these prospects break into the league and establish themselves ohtani will be the dominant 2 way play we got a little glimse of last season.

    • orca17

      November 4, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      It might help not to comment on an organization that you apparently know little about. The Angels have quite a bit of pitching in the minors, at least equivalent to what the author believes that they ought to trade the best player of this generation to get. Only if I were a Phillies fan would I be all over this, because it would be their trash for the Angels’ treasure. The Angels would never get equivalent value in any deal – which is why I fully expect them to extend him within the next year.

  9. Luke

    November 4, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    The Angels have a well above average farm system now. Bleacher Report has them 12 out of 30. Only 5 places behind the Phillies.

    You think the Phillies can send one hurt top 100 prospect in a package and some for trout? Come on man, at least attempt to be unbiased. Realmutos probably going to get more prospects than that.

  10. Braves fan

    November 4, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Personally I think the Braves matchup just as great if not better.

  11. ettin

    November 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    The Angels are not trading Mike Trout. They will compete this year. Not a terrible trade package presented but it is not happening. They are giving him a record extension this off-season in all probability.

  12. scott brewer

    November 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Forget about the atrocious thought the Angels would be better off to trade Mike Trout and instead let’s focus on why you believe it would be smart for the Phillies to trade for a player who will undoubtedly be available to them in Free Agency if the Angels don’t make the playoffs within the next two years. Which I might add from your perspective is highly like if the Angels keep Mike Trout.

    This would be a waste of high quality asset’s for the Phillies and doesn’t make much sense for both respective clubs.

    The Angels should proceed with these key offseason moves to compete next season and beyond…
    Dodgers receive: Andrew Heaney
    Angels receive: Corey Seager

    Giants receive: Jo Adell, +
    Angels receive: Madison Bumgarner

    Sign FA: Patrick Corbin

    You heard it here first.

    • Neil Raymond

      November 4, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      None of these moves are realistic. The Dodgers are not trading Seager after a down year for a less valuable player; the Giants aren’t trading Bumgarner and certainly not for a weak package and Corbin is going to the Yankees based on the fact that his family is from NY, he wants to and the team needs starting pitching.

  13. Jarek

    November 4, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    For what it’s worth, for better or worse the Angels seem uninterested and maybe even opposed to a rebuild. It seems tough to argue that trading Trout would make the angels more likely to make the postseason anytime soon. He’s worth 8-10 wins and only takes up one roster spot. He’s just too important to the plan to win now. I can’t see the angels trading him anytime soon. I feel like they’ll take their chances on winning now and on resigning him to a long term deal. If they’re out of contention in July 2020, then they could trade him, maybe.

  14. Jason

    November 4, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Even if the Phillies took on the rest of Trout’s contract, that’s not enough to get him

  15. Bhambrave

    November 4, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I think the Braves would be a better match. They’ve got good Major Leaguers with several years of control like Camargo and Inciarte, an excellent CF prospect in Cristian Pache, and tons of quality pitching prospects.

  16. JAY T

    November 4, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I believe the Yanks would part with their ace Severino and ROY finalist Andujar for Trout. Top prospects Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield could also move west. I’d take that over the Phillies package if the Yankees were willing.

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  18. GrandpaBaseball

    November 4, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I would agree trading Trout only if he and the team do not sign an extention to stay an Angel. Mike Trout should IMHO the honor of completing a career with one team. As for the World Series, that is the pinnacle that all players would like to achieve, not all are going to experience, maybe not even the Phillies or the Yankees. Not many recall if Ted or Stan or Ernie went to a WS, but all recall they played in just one city along with Cal, Tony, and Robin.

    • Josh S.

      November 7, 2018 at 2:06 am

      BINGO!!! Loyalty is something a lot of players and teams don’t have anymore! But the Angles are doing their best to get players around him. If the injuries stop happening to them on the scale that it has then Trout just might get that WS shot in a few years! Astros are still the cream of the west.

  19. Trey

    November 5, 2018 at 12:37 am

    The only way the Angels would consider making that trade is if all those prospects/players listed come to the Angels and the Phillies take back Albert Pujols’ contract along with Trout.

    • Drew

      November 5, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Pujols has a full no-trade clause.

      • George Kaplan

        November 6, 2018 at 2:57 pm

        As does Trout. That’s a fact frequently forgotten by the armchair GMs who are trading him to ATL, etc.

  20. Josh S.

    November 7, 2018 at 2:01 am

    LOL The Angles have a few young studs on the team NOW! Ohtani especially! If he stay healthy and in the line up this year he will hit 30+ dingers easy and more than likely with his swing be a .290+ hitter. So that along with Upton and Simmons makes for a decent lineup. If by some miracle they can get rid of Pujols (I bet he retires before his contract is up!) then they will have something. They finished 2 games below .500 with a banged up team for 85% of the year and still were in the WC hunt for most of the year! Yeah and even though Trout is from that area of the country why would you leave playing half the games in perfect weather!

  21. Dirk Durstein

    November 12, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Perfect weather? It’s always sunny in Philadelphia. I agree though with those who see the proposed trade as totally favoring the Phillies. Sanchez is the only loss I’d regret. Hoskins in untouchable. But Hernandez and Herrera are reliable major leaguers who would start in LA. Trout would be a much better match than Harper for the Phillies. But with their money, they could pay both of them. I hope they offer Machado $10 (as in ten dollars) for ten years after his cheap and lazy play in the WS.

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