Sean Rodriguez

Late August deals haven't always helped the Angels

Late August deals haven't always helped the Angels

The Angels surprised many baseball fans Thursday by acquiring Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips to augment their chase for a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

Here’s a look at some other late-August deals the team has made while trying to make the playoffs:

1970: Angels purchase outfielder Tony Gonzalez on Aug. 31. He hits .304 in 26 games, but Angels fade from the playoff race.

1979: Angels acquire relief pitcher John Montague from Seattle on Aug. 29 for shortstop Jim Anderson. Montague wins two games and saves six in 14 appearances.to help Angels win first division title. Don't ask about the playoffs (I hate John...

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