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Angels “not looking to trade” Mark Trumbo despite logjam

Jan 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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By adding Albert Pujols to a roster already well-stocked with first basemen and corner outfielders the Angels created a logjam that seemingly pointed to a trade.

Speculation centered on Mark Trumbo, because he’s 25 years old and the Rookie of the Year runner-up, but yesterday general manager Jerry Dipoto indicated that the Angels aren’t shopping him … or anyone for that matter.

“I don’t think we’re in position to move anybody,” Dipoto told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. “In the American League, you’re able to get at-bats a number of ways–DH, the corner spots in the infield and the outfield. … Mark has an opportunity to make an impact on our club for years.”

Trumbo is also recovering from a broken foot and his timetable has already been pushed back twice, so getting maximum value for him in a trade would be tough right now anyway. Beyond that Kendrys Morales‘ health status remains uncertain two years after his broken leg, so the Angels’ logjam is more like a potential logjam if everyone is healthy.

And of course they’re still holding out some hope that Trumbo can move to third base on at least a part-time basis, which would make it a lot easier to divvy up the at-bats. However, he’s never seen any time at the position as a professional and very few people outside the Angels front office seem to think he’s capable of being anything more than significantly below average there defensively.

Once stud prospect Mike Trout is ready to stick in the majors for good and/or Morales is ready to play again it’s tough to imagine the Angels not making a move, but those issues may not be forced by Opening Day.

  1. albie23 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I say keep him and give him an opportunity, it’s not like he hasn’t earned it. Don’t be quick to pull the trigger cause it may come back and US (Anaheim faithful) bite us in the behind like the Napoli deal! Damn, that one still hurts!!!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Hey Arte, don’t you see, back in old Napoli, that’s amore?

  2. hammyofdoom - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Well to be fair Napoli was a better all around offensive threat than Trumbo so if he were traded I’m fairly confident it wouldn’t bite the Angels the same way as the Napoli trade did. Also Napoli was traded and the worst regular in MLB replaced him, while the angels have a hall of famer to play 1st and a guy who, when last healthy hit 34 homers in a full season and 11 in 1/3 of a season after that. They probably will trade him when he proves to be healthy because a guy with an OBP under .300 at 1st base with a questionable foot won’t get you too much back. However if he plays, hits 16 home runs before the break again someone will give up good pieces for him.

  3. jrspike - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Albert can play 3rd.

  4. greymares - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    although not very well, if standing at 3rd and attempting to get to the ball to his left is sufficient for you yes he can play third.

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