Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted Thursday morning that the
But knowing Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, who is far more aggressive and creative in trade talks than his two predecessors,
And any one of the Cardinals' young relievers — Trevor Rosenthal, Carlos Martinez, Seth Maness and Kevin Siegrist — would immediately upgrade the Angels' bullpen.
Wacha, Rosenthal and Martinez are surely off limits, but St. Louis might be willing to part with Miller, Lynn, Kelly, Maness or Siegrist if the Angels would include shortstop
Losing the switch-hitting and slick-fielding Aybar would be a huge blow for the Angels, who don't have a major-league ready replacement and whose top shortstop prospect, Eric Stamets, played in 2013 at Class-A Inland Empire.
But Dipoto could fill shortstop with a temporary stop-gap. Prime free-agent targets
Freese, 30, had a down year offensively, hitting .262 with a .340 on-base percentage, .381 slugging percentage and nine home runs, and though he's considered a solid defender, he was often removed in the late innings of games for defensive purposes.
But Freese began 2013 on the disabled list because of a back strain, and the pain lingered throughout the season. He was a post-season hero in 2011, winning
The Angels traded third baseman