Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/13
The Angels dropped three of four to the A's in Oakland are 13 games out of first place and probably won't have Albert Pujols (partial tear in his left plantar fascia) for the rest of the season. Time to sell? Sort of. The Angels don't expect to be very active before Wednesday's non-waiver 1 p.m. PT Trade Deadline sources with the team continue to say. But they'll listen. They'll dangle lefty reliever Scott Downs in hopes they can spin him for a more long-term piece. And if teams are willing to offer cost-controlled starting pitching in exchange for a position player -- Yahoo! Sports reported late Sunday afternoon that middle infielders Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar have been made available -- they'll certainly explore it. Most likely though the latter may have to wait until the offseason when time permits and more teams can get involved. "I know that everybody essentially wants to turn us into buyers or sellers but I don't believe in that" said Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto who didn't want to go into specifics on the team's Deadline strategy. "Everybody's a buyer and everybody's a seller at the right time. We're constantly looking for ways to get better and our goal is to go out and win games in 2013. [Our desire is] also to put ourselves in a position to win as much as we can in 2014. And we'll do everything we can to address both of those things." Downs though could very well switch uniforms in the next few days. He's having a very solid season (1.84 ERA 1.26 WHIP). He's affordable (owed the pro-rated share of a $5 million salary for 2013). He's got a great track record (a 2.30 ERA while averaging 63 appearances from 2007-12). And teams like the Braves and Indians and most certainly others would surely be interested. "I've been through this before" Downs said of trade rumors. "I can't control what's going on on the other side. The only thing I can control is what I do out on the field to help this team win. That's the only thing I want to do. That's the only thing I'm going to worry about."
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