L.A. Angels: 5 Cheap Deals Halos Can Afford at the Trade Deadline
The L.A. Angels are currently second in the NL West at 51-45, so one of two good moves before the approaching trade deadline could be what the Angels need to catch the Texas Rangers and make a deep playoff push.
L.A. should be able to get all five of these players for a reasonable deal, and all hold important value for the Angels moving forward.
5. Melky Cabrera
2011 Stats: .294 average, 11 home runs, 52 runs batted in.
The Angels could use some more production on the plate from their outfielders, and Melky Cabrera has had a solid year at the plate.
Although the Angels have needs at other positions, right now Melky would be far more productive then Mike Trout, and he provides more power in the lineup—something every hitter on this list would help the Angels with.
4. Garrett Jones
2010 Stats: .239 average, 9 home runs, 34 runs batted in.
The Angels outfield isn't all that impressive from top to bottom, and Garrett Jones could add another option for the Angels who have had trouble finding consistent hitting from the outfield position.
Garrett Jones has already been reported to have nearly been shipped to L.A. for Jeff Mathis, and though the deal failed to go through—another one could be in the works.
3. Wilson Betemit
2011 Stats: .281 average, 3 home runs, 27 runs batted in.
Wilson Betemit is the first of two third basemen on the minds of Angels fans, and though not as productive as Aramis Ramirez—he's an upgrade nonetheless.
The Angles need more power in the lineup, and although Betemit may get on base less for Anaheim—he presents more power.
2. Mike Adams
2011 Stats: 1.26 earned runs against, 0.74 walks hits inning pitched.
Mike Adams would provide some solid depth to a young but talented L.A. Angels bullpen.
Adams is 32 years old and would be a great set-up man for the Angels and he could be the difference maker in a playoff series for the Angels.
1. Aramis Ramirez
2011 Stats: .302 average, 17 home runs, 58 runs batted in.
Aramis Ramirez is having a great year for the Chicago Cubs, and he is the ideal trade target for the Anaheim Angels.
Angels third basemen Maicer Izturis and Alberto Callaspo are both having tough years at the plate, combining to hit just .285 with only seven home runs. Aramis would give Anaheim more power in the lineup, and would be a huge piece in the Angels making a deep playoff push.