What do you call it when you make a trade that does not accomplish your primary off-season objective?
A good start, or so
But the trade announced Friday -- third baseman
The Angels have a limited budget this winter, with owner Arte Moreno wanting the payroll low enough that he would not have to pay a luxury tax. The need for starting pitching got more acute Thursday, when
The Angels did fill needs at third base and in middle relief. The third base history in recent years has been particularly uninspiring, based on the Opening Day carousel at the position:
But the Angels also added about $4 million in payroll, and they traded two chips that might otherwise have been used in a package for a starting pitcher.
They do get to put their franchise player,
But the completion of a trade with the Cardinals, who need a shortstop, apparently means that St. Louis is not interested in trading one of its young arms for Angels shortstop
It is still early in the baseball winter. For now, though, the Angels have a starting rotation of