The Los Angeles Angels sent shockwaves throughout Major League Baseball by inking outfielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year deal worth $125 million. His arrival in Los Angeles gives the Angels likely the most feared three-four punch in baseball, as both Hamilton and Pujols have the ability to hit any pitch out of the ballpark.
Not only did the deal surprise many around the league, but it also surprised former Angel, now a Detroit Tiger, Torii Hunter.
I was told money was tight but I guess the Arte had money hidden under a Mattress. Business is business but don't lie.— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) December 13, 2012
Hunter, who agreed to a two-year deal with the Tigers, wanted to re-sign with the Angels. But according to him, they had relatively no money to play with.
To his surprise, Hunter just wasn't part of their long-term plans, Hamilton was. The Angels let starters Dan Haren and Zack Greinke leave as well, just so they could afford to bring in Hamilton.
As a result, the Angels' payroll has once again climbed into the upper echelon of the baseball stratosphere.
The Angels now have five outfielders (Hamilton, Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo, and Vernon Wells) and at least three DHs in their system (Kendrys Morales, Trumbo and CJ Cron in Double-A).
As it stands right now, the Toronto Blue Jays have a hole in their lineup at DH. And to me, the perfect trade partner appears to be the Angels, who could use some pitching or, more likely, a starting catcher who could relieve Chris Iannetta of his duties.
Obviously, the Angels would love to get rid of Vernon Wells and his mammoth contract. However, unloading that contract on a team is about as likely as playing ice hockey in hell.
Here's three trade ideas I thought of to help both the Angels and the Blue Jays out in the long term.
1. The Blue Jays Trade JP Arencibia and Adam Lind to the L.A. Angels for Mark Trumbo.
2. Blue Jays Trade Adam Lind and a B-level prospect to the Angels for Kendrys Morales
3. Blue Jays trade Daniel Norris or DJ Davis to the Angels for CJ Cron.
Trumbo gives the Jays that much-needed heavy bat in the middle of the lineup. And he can play the OF, first base or DH if need be.
Morales, a former 30-home run and .300 hitter, is a player in a very similar situation as the Jays' Lind. Both are coming off injuries and off years, and both could thrive if they had a change of scenery.
Meanwhile, Cron, who hit over .290 with 27 home runs and 123 RBI for the Inland Empire 66ers of the Class-A Advanced California League, is the Angels' top first base prospect. However, his roster spot remains taken up Albert Pujols, a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Either way, Trumbo, Morales or Cron should be on the Jays' wish list now that Hamilton has signed with the Angels.
Looking at the Jays' roster right now, the obvious areas that still need to be addressed are the fifth starter, a bullpen arm or two and likely a left-handed power bat to help offset the right-handed power bats of Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.
Would the Jays address one of those holes by completing a trade with the Angels? Probably.