The Los Angeles Angels currently have the fourth-highest payroll in Major League Baseball. This is uncharted territory for a team not known to spend big.
On the other hand, the Yankees have always had a huge payroll. The team generates a tremendous amount of money and they can pay players more than most teams in baseball.
The Yankees have a phenomenal batting lineup, but many holes in the pitching rotation. With uncertainty surrounding Phil Hughes’ recovery, the need to acquire top pitchers becomes that much more urgent.
The Angels have a great rotation and several of their top pitchers will be looking for big contract extensions in the next few years. If the Angels do not appear to be World Series contenders by the trade deadline, owner Arte Moreno may make some moves to trim their payroll.
If he does look to make a deal, the New York Yankees make a perfect trade partner.
Here are five trade scenarios that could make sense for the Yankees and Angels: