The news broke this afternoon that the
As a baseball writer, my first reaction was this: Maybe commissioner
As a baseball writer who covers the
1. Good. Now I can stop answering the "Josh Hamilton to the Orioles" questions. He was never in play. The Orioles weren't ever going to spend $25 million a year on a guy who, with his past addictions and injuries, is considered a risk on a long-term deal. Yet, every now and then, a writer outside of Baltimore would throw the Orioles into the Hamilton sweepstakes and the fire among fans would light again. Now it's extinguished.
2. What does this mean for the rest of the Angels' position players? The belief before today was that the Angels would have an impressive young outfield of
With Hamilton in the mix now, the speculation is that the Angels could trade the speedy Bourjos for more pitching. The Orioles wouldn't be a good fit there. But both Trumbo, who is just 26, and Morales, who is 29 and a year from free agency, can play first base or DH and have ample power – which is what the Orioles are desperately seeking.
A major caution flag here before you buy your Orioles' Trumbo jersey: Obviously, all of this is fresh, so there's no telling where it all goes. Plus, the Orioles may not have enough to land a Trumbo or a Morales – it would all depend on what the Angels think of the Orioles' young pitching. And, if either slugger (or Bourjos) is on the block, plenty of teams will come calling. No question there. There have also already been reports that the Angels are unlikely to trade Trumbo.