It should have been an unqualified good day for the Angels. They needed a left-handed reliever, and they got one. Their team got a little better.
But the Angels are chasing the Oakland Athletics, the best team in baseball. The A's did not appear to need a starting pitcher, but they traded for perhaps the two best starters on the market.
"My initial reaction was, 'Wow,'" Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said Saturday, "like I'm sure every other person in baseball or fan that was watching."
The Angels got Joe Thatcher from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The A's got Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs, strengthening their rotation and...