The trade deadline will be on us at 1 PM Pacific Time and already we've seen the Angels be relatively active in trading Scott Downs and Alberto Callaspo. Alas, those two lesser moves have done nothing to address their pitching concerns or improve the Angels' in a significant way for 2014. There has to be something else coming down the pike, right?
Since I am going to be obsessing over a potential Howie, Aybar or mystery player deal until we hit the deadline, I figured a live blog was in order. I'll be updating this post on a frequent basis throughout the day with the latest rumors as well as my own personal analysis. So hang out, interact via the comments and generally lose your mind over the trade possibilities. What? Like you have something better to do?
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7:25 AM - Ian Kennedy is still in play
even w/o chance for peavy, #dbacks still considering offers for ian kennedy. #angels, #padres in. LAA would love him.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2013
It was believed that the Kennedy deal hinged on the D'Backs getting Peavy, but Arizona is still in on other pitchers, most likely Bud Norris. In that event, they would still have a need to dump Kennedy to clear a rotation spot and salary. The one thing the Angels have going for them with Kennedy is that the competition is the Padres and the D'Backs would almost certainly send Kennedy to Anaheim instead of a keeping him in the division if the two offers are relatively equal.
I still think Kennedy is kind of a hump, but if the Angels can get him for a low level, low upside prospect, then it is worth the gamble. Dipoto obviously knows him well, so perhaps he sees something in him that he believes he can fix to get him resembling the Kennedy of 2011 or even just the Kennedy of 2012.
7:00 AM - Aybar is unlikely to be traded
#Angels highly unlikely to trade SS Erick Aybar at this point, but 2B Howie Kendrick still in play, per industry source. #tradedeadline
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 31, 2013
It seems that the Cardinals, unsurprisingly, don't feel compelled to cough up Michael Wacha or Carlos Martinez for Aybar. At least as of right now, which is probably why Alden got this story. One has to think that one of Dipoto's minions let this little tidbit slip in order to make it clear to the Cards that Wacha or Martinez is the only thing that is going to get this done. One thing worth noting though is that no other team has even shown a passing interest in Aybar at this point, so the Angels don't really have any competition to drive up the price. Their only position of strength is that they can happily keep Aybar for themselves.