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The Angels will likely go with Brandon Wood at third

Dec 5, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

Losing Chone Figgins to the Mariners opens a hole at third base for the Angels. One that some people have speculated will need to be filled with Adrian Beltre or someone like him.  It seems, however, that the Angels are more likely to finally give Triple A slugger Brandon Wood a chance to start and stick.

At one point Wood was considered one of the top five prospects in all of baseball.  He had a smattering of at bats in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but he’s seen much more of Salt Lake City than he has California. He hasn’t been consistent in his multiple cups of coffee, but the guy has simply raked down on the farm. He has power. He has nothing left to prove in the minors. It’s a play him now or lose him forever situation.

If the Angels do that, there’s an outside chance they’d get a Kendry Morales-style breakout season.  More plausible is simply good power for low money. If he doesn’t work out? Fine, go with some plan B, but I think that kind of risk is preferable to paying someone $9 or $10 million to fill the hole that Figgins leaves behind.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Dec 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Plan B–Troy Glaus? Just a thought.
    Other possibles-Joe Crede, Juan Uribe, Pedro Feliz.

  2. KM - Dec 5, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    I couldn’t agree with you more. None of the those others mentioned for third base are going to be of enough help to win so why not save money and develop some talent. Most of this years crop of free agents are way overpriced.

  3. James - Dec 5, 2009 at 6:21 PM

    Brandon Wood can put up better numbers than any of the remaining free agents, IMO. It’s about time we see what he can do.

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