MLB Trade Talk: 5 Teams Who Could Pry Jered Weaver from the LA Angels
Jered Weaver has been one of the top pitchers in baseball this season. With an ERA of 2.06 and 96 K's in 109.1 innings, he has become a leader for the Cy Young Award in the AL.
Would the Angels consider trading their ace?
The Angels are currently three games under .500 in the AL West. Should they fall out of contention by the trade deadline, trading Weaver could become an option.
He has far more value than anyone else on the team, and if a team blows the Angels over with an offer, Weaver could be packing his bags for a winning team by season's end.
The Braves could offer a package including Freddie Freeman, a first baseman who has already made the major league team and had success this season, and Julio Teheran, widely considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball who has a sub 2.00 ERA in Triple-A this season.
The Angels would be hard-pressed to turn down a deal including these two players.
Tampa Bay Rays
The AL East is one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. If Tampa Bay is in contention at the end of July, they will go after one of baseball's best pitchers.
Tampa Bay has a bevy of prospects, including the speedy Desmond Jennings, and an arsenal of arms including Matt Moore, Alex Colome and Chris Archer. Some combination of these players could net the Rays Weaver.
New York Yankees
The Yankees are always a player for any top talent in the majors.
This season, they have the farm system to trade chips for Weaver.
Jesus Montero is one of baseball's top catching prospects and the Yankees also have pitchers with reams of potential, including Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman.
Weaver is an obtainable part for one of baseball's perennial best.
Headlined by Aroldis Chapman, the Reds have the pieces to tantalize the Angels in a trade. Players like Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso could round out a trade.
The Philadelphia Phillies already have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, aced by Roy Halladay. Cole Hamels has reclaimed his status as one of the league's best pitchers and Cliff Lee is putting up solid numbers once again.
Now, imagine a rotation that would include Jered Weaver—in the National League.
The scenario is not out of the question: Brody Colvin and Jarred Cosart are both front-line pitching prospects while Jonathan Singleton and Dominic Brown fill out their position players.
The Angels would have to consider any package containing four of the Phillies' top prospects.