Mark Trumbo is displaced in Anaheim.
His role is relegated to either hoping that Albert Pujols is injured, taking a few swings at DH or playing the fourth outfielder role, giving an aging Torii Hunter a break from time to time.
The fact of the matter is that a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers could use a guy like Trumbo.
It is no secret that I am not a huge fan of James Loney. He easily could be replaced on this lineup and while he is only 27 years old, could still draw something decent in return. Especially when you consider the fact that he is a starting first baseman for a team in a major market.
He is a career .286 batter and could fill out a team like the Angels nicely while giving the Dodgers something they could use desperately—more offense.
Looking at the Dodgers' top prospects, there is no help in sight at first base at the moment. Sure, there's Scott Van Slyke, but he's older and is essentially a one-dimensional player. Baseball Prospectus had him rated 18th overall in the hierarchy of Dodgers prospects.
That's hardly anything to bet the farm on (no pun intended).
Trumbo, on the other hand, is projected to be a stud. Don't let his lifetime major league batting average of .251 fool you: this guy can play.
The man came in second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and has the potential to be a superstar.
Trumbo is a large righty that can hit for power and has potential defensively. The Angels, while trying to find a home for him, have resorted in playing him at third base from time to time, a position he is not really suited to play.
Trumbo is a fist baseman. A fine one at that.
The Angels obviously are not in need of one.
The Dodgers are.
Come July, these two teams should spark up a conversation and see what it would take to get a deal done. The result could prove to be quite beneficial for both ball clubs in the long run.
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