The Los Angeles of Anaheim find themselves only three games behind the AL West-leading Rangers despite suffering several setbacks.
The offense has struggled through most of the season, but quality starting pitching has kept them in the playoff hunt.
In the bullpen the Angels have been lead by rookie Jordan Walden. Walden recently broke the club’s rookie save record—a record that Ken Tatum held since 1969. He currently has 23 saves.
Another bright spot for the bullpen has been left-hander Scott Downs. Downs signed a three year, $15 million contract in the offseason and has definitely held up his end of the deal. Downs hasn’t given up a run in over a month and has an ERA of 1.32.
Aside from the Walden and Downs, the bullpen has been disappointing. Francisco Rodney was demoted from his closer role early in the season and hasn’t contributed much since. Others have failed to step up.
For the Angels to catch the mighty Rangers and win the division, they should consider shoring up their bullpen with a trade. Here are four possibilities.