As soon as Kendry Morales went down for the year with a broken ankle, the rumor mill started pumping.
Mainly the buzz was the Angels would make a play for Adam Dunn to replace their best power hitter.
I couldn't think of a worse panic move.
Morales, 27, will be back next season and will be a star for years to come. To sacrifice any prospects or current players for a two-month fill-in would be short-sighted and totally unnecessary.
The Angels have two highly viable internal options.
Play Mike Napoli at first base every game for the rest of the season.
This might be a move that Napoli eventually will make in his career anyway.
His defense behind the plate has been mediocre at best, and the Angels' pitchers prefer to throw to Jeff Mathis.
Most of all, you can't have a power bat like that sitting on the bench twice a week.
We are talking about a guy that is capable of hitting 30 homers per year. Do yourself a favor, Napoli. Prolong your career. Save your legs and move to first base.
If the Angels happen to include Napoli in a trade for Oswalt or some other piece to the puzzle, they could turn to AAA Salt Lake prospect Mark Trumbo.
Trumbo has been ripping it up in the Pacific Coast League and is currently second in home runs with 20.
Trumbo, 24, is batting .272. If Trumbo came up and hit 12 HR and batted .250 in the second half, the Angels would take that and be in great shape.
The Angels have been careful to not bring him up and ruin his progress, but to a fault.
When you are 24 years old and mashing at the AAA level like that, you are ready.
If they can give this much of a chance to Wood, who is only a year older than Trumbo, I think they can give this Anaheim native his shot.
It would behoove the Angels to bring the kid up now and see how he handles the pressure before making any other moves.