The Los Angeles Angels currently have one two many outfielders after signing Josh Hamilton to a massive contract, and would love to move one of them for another starting pitcher who can immediately fit into the starting rotation. James Shields had been mentioned as a possibility before the Tampa Bay Rays fleeced the Kansas City Royals for top hitting prospect Wil Meyers, but that does not mean that the Angels do not have other feelers out there as the offseason trade market heats up in the baseball world.
Just don’t expect them to give up that much in order to acquire a No. 4 or No. 5 starter for 2013, regardless of what pitchers appear to be on the trading block. Especially if their teams are asking for Mark Trumbo in return.
That just isn’t going to happen. Especially for the names being mentioned as of this minute.
The Miami Marlins would love to continue dismantling their ball club, having done a fine job already this Winter. After all, Nolasco is one of few players remaining under contract in South Beach who makes eight figures in 2013. In fact, he is one of only a few who actually even makes a seven figure salary next season, so he may very well be moved sooner rather than later.
But it surely will not be in exchange for Trumbo. I am constantly amazed at just how poorly the Marlins’ organization is run, having more idiots in charge than perhaps any other professional sports team in North America, but to be asking for Trumbo for Nolasco is absolutely ludicrous.
I get that while it may be a starting point for many teams, it is all the Marlins will accept as of now for Nolasco from the Angels. Los Angeles has offered Peter Bourjos, which is actually a far more trade for both teams. Bourjos is a good center fielder who can get on base. Trumbo is an All-Star.
Nolasco is barely a serviceable No. 4 starter. I’m not sure how Miami feels justified in even asking for Trumbo.
Nolasco is set to make $11.5 million in 2012. He is far overpriced, and every team knows that. He is a free agent after next season.
Trumbo is under team control for four more years at a very attractive price. He is only getting better.
The bottom line here is that there is no chance that this trade takes place. Trumbo for Nolasco isn’t happening.
If the Marlins wake up, then Bourjos for Nolasco is much more of a realistic possibility.
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