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Angels aren't looking to acquire rental players at the trade deadline

Angels aren't looking to acquire rental players at the trade deadline

In the final hours before Monday’s 1 p.m. PDT deadline to make nonwaiver trades, the Angels are not pursuing potential deals for players who will be free agents at year’s end, so-called rentals. They will not be buyers. But they could execute a trade that will break with traditional selling roles.

At the biggest junction in this season, the Angels are 51-55. Ordinarily, such a record would lead a team to sell off all its desirable players on expiring contracts in exchange for prospects. But even after Sunday’s collapse in Toronto, the Angels remain six games out of playoff position, because of a mediocre class of American League clubs. Teams in similar standing sometimes opt to send...

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