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Trade to replace Garrett Richards? Not so easy for Angels
Trade to replace Garrett Richards? Not so easy for Angels

As the reality of Garrett Richards' season-ending knee injury set in Thursday, so did this reality: the Angels cannot make a trade to replace their ace. They can make a trade, to be sure. But the relevant question for the Angels is this: Can they trade for a better pitcher than journeyman Wade LeBlanc, and would the price be worth what might be a minimal upgrade? Richards was one of the eight best starting pitchers in the American League, by several measures. Elite pitchers generally are not traded in August, when players must be made available on waivers in advance of any deal. The complete list of starting pitchers traded or moved on a waiver claim this month: Kevin Correia...

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