In the baseball world, this is shark week.
With just days to go, the best teams in the league are looking to get bigger, stronger and faster as they tear away the meatiest portions of their weaker counterparts.
Blockbuster deals have already been made. Countless more have been proposed, reworked and cast aside. Moves are coming faster than reporters can cover them, and rumors are flying at dizzying speeds,
Predators in the hunt for a playoff spot are even more aggressive this year, and there are more of them than ever before with the addition of a second Wild Card slot in each league.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are among those hungry predators, but new General Manager Jerry Dipoto is discovering just how fierce his competition is. He told one reporter he’s working hard to get a deal done, but so far Dipoto has little more than big fish tales to tell.
The favorite phrase of Dipoto’s predecessors in the Angels front office was, “You don’t make a trade just to make a trade.” True enough. But if Dipoto does not do something – and soon – the Angels will be eaten alive by their competitors.
Here are the top nine reasons the Angels must make a trade this week.