Okay, I've been reading many of these posts regarding potential trades. The trades some people are proposing are absolutely ridiculous. And the Angels won 97 games last season. 97 GAMES! And let's face it. We lost to the Yankees. There is clearly nothing to be ashamed about. Those jokers spent almost double our payroll and BARELY beat us. In game one, the Angels beat themselves with bad defense. End of story. Game two, we were actually winng up until Brian F****** Fuentes served up that bomb to gay-rod. And games 3 and 5...the Angels played valiantly. We were able to come back and beat the skankees in both games. I honestly believe that the Angels ALREADY have world series talent. The only issue is executing plays when they matter most. Poor defense is what really did us in that series. Why is everyone proposing to dismantle the team's entire farm system just to receive one or two players?
Ok, on to the trades.
I was looking around the posts, and I'm seeing things like "GMJ for Nick Markakis". Is this poster serious? Honestly, do your research before you propose ridiculous trades. First of all, GMJ will never be the player Nick Markakis is. Nick Markakis has had 3 straight seasons near 20 hr, 100 rbis, .300 avg, and 10 SB. Do you really think the Orioles would be willing to give him up for a guy who had one good year? Not to mention the fact that we owe GMJ $23 million over the next two years, while Markakis is making 3.35 million. If you propose this to the Orioles, they will tell you to go f*** yourself.
Next, "Adrian Gonzalez, Heath Bell for Santana, Kendrick, Wood, Mathis, Willits, and minor league prospects". Yes, Adrian Gonzalez is a franchise player and Heath Bell would be a welcome replacement over Fuentes. But at the expense of our entire future? Ervin Santana has the potential to be an ace. Give him a few years, and he can certainly develop into one. Barring injuries, I guarantee you that Kendrick will also develop into an amazing hitter. He has great gap hitting power, and hits for average. And Wood, Mathis, and Willits constitute a versatile bench that has helped Soth when he needed it most. This trade is basically saying we're trading 1/3 our team (which won 97 games) for 2 players.
Honestly guys, do your research before you propose these ridiculous things. What the Angels really need is to sign a free agent closer, such as Valverde, Ryan Madson, or Rafael Soriano. And we also need to focus on re-signing Lackey or trading for a front of the line starter. If Figgins decides to walk, they have to give Brandon Wood a chance, and then make a move at the trade deadline if he falters. Honestly, allowing him in the lineup for the first half of the season won't make or break the team. If we're lucky, maybe he can blossom into a 30 home run hitter. He certainly displayed power in the minors. And 224 ABs in the majors isn't enough to tell a players true ability.
That's all I have to say.