MLB Trade Talk: 5 Teams Who Could Pry Jered Weaver from the LA Angels

Collin BerglundCorrespondent IIIJune 21, 2011

MLB Trade Talk: 5 Teams Who Could Pry Jered Weaver from the LA Angels

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    SEATTLE - JUNE 14:  Starting pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts as the final out is made in a complete game 4-0 shutout against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 14, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto
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    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.

Atlanta Braves

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    ATLANTA - JUNE 20: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves is hit by a pitch by Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field on June 20, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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    The Atlanta Braves are eight games above .500 and 4.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East.  They also have one of the top farm systems in baseball.

    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

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 08:  Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 8, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    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.  

    The opportunity to compete with the Red Sox and Yankees won't come around every season, and the Rays must take advantage when they can.

    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

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    TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Jesus Montero #83 of the New York Yankees works out during the second day of full teams workouts at Spring Training on February 21, 2011 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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    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.

Cincinnati Reds

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 24: Reliever Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 24, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    The Cincinnati Reds are not used to being among baseball's top teams.  This year, the Reds are only 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.

    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.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 15:  Domonic Brown #9  of the Philadelphia Phillies bats in the third inning against the Florida Marlins during game one of a day night double header at Citizens Bank Park on June 15, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Phillies d
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    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.