Could the Angels adopt a similar go-for-broke mentality before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, discarding their recent spackle-and-paint approach for a splashy acquisition such as Tampa Bay ace
"If we are able to make a move to improve the team, we'll be open-minded," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said before Tuesday night's 4-0 loss to the
"That being said, you have to keep your ear to the street because starting pitching is such a tender thing. One slip, one back issue, and you have to be aware of what might be out there."
A "back issue" nearly bit the Angels on Monday night when ace
Weaver felt good enough to play catch Tuesday. The Angels have not decided if he will make his next start this weekend in Texas or take about 10 days off and return after the All-Star break.
"If he's ready to go, there's no doubt we're better with him starting," Manager
Price, who is 8-7 with a 3.48 earned-run average and leads the AL in strikeouts (159) and innings (139 2/3), would be a force at the front of any rotation, but the Angels probably don't have enough high-end prospects to acquire him, and they don't appear interested in moving players off their major league roster for him.
Hamels, who is 3-5 with a 2.87 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings, is probably more attainable, but he is 30 and signed through 2018 at $22.5 million a year, a massive contract to assume.
The Angels are more inclined to pursue another late-inning reliever, even though they recently acquired former closer
San Diego closer
"I don't think there's an immediate rush," Dipoto said. "Grilli and Thatcher have been nice additions, and I can't say enough about Mike Morin's contributions and the season
"It's a pretty stable group, and [swingman]
"All that being said, if we can find a way to help that group and further improve ourselves, we'll try."