Now that the Josh Hamilton signing is official, the Angels' next move -- or moves -- might not be what many in the industry expect.
The team prefers to keep outfielders Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo and trade designated hitter Kendrys Morales and outfielder Vernon Wells, according to major-league sources.
Though the Angels possibly could acquire a starting pitcher for Bourjos or Trumbo, they also might get a pitching piece back for Morales -- and enhance their run prevention by fielding a stellar defensive outfield of Bourjos, Hamilton and Mike Trout, with Trumbo serving as the primary DH.
The Yankees, sources say, are among the possibilities for Wells -- the teams discussed him at the winter meetings, and Wells could fill the Yankees' need for a right-handed hitting outfielder.
To trade Wells, the Angels know that they must assume the vast majority of the $42 remaining on the final two years of his contract. Wells, 34, also has a full no-trade clause, but likely would waive it ...