Now That The Plug-and-Play Style Isn't Working, Is a Trade Inevitable?

When Kendry Morales went down back on May 29th, I thought to myself, oh s-word, there goes our best run-producer, we're dead meat.

But then I remembered back to how in 2009 when the Angels went 17-3 after they had lost Torii Hunter and Vladdy G. to injuries, with Juan Rivera being out of 10 of those games as well. We saw last year as we had even seen in previous years that the Angels were indeed a deep team and had guys capable of stepping in and producing.

This year, it's been much of the same.

For whatever reason, when guys like Mike Napoli had to be pushed over to a new position out of necessity and players like Bobby Wilson and Kevin Frandsen were in the lineup, things just worked.

Before the start of the series with Kansas City, the Angels had gone 21-9 since Morales' injury.

The magic of a not-so-formidable Angels lineup just seemed like it'd be able to keep on working.

It seems like that magic has faded pretty quickly in the past week.

The Angels lost 2 of 3 to the lowly Royals and now got swept out of the South side in a 4-game set with the White Sox.

The Halos have scored more than 2 runs only ONCE in the past week (the one game they didn't, they put 11 runs on the board), and are averaging just 1.33 runs in their last 6 losses.

It just seems like the more that the Angels' plug-and-play lineup fails, the more a trade seems inevitable.

For who remains unseen.

All the talk has been for the Angels to go after someone who plays first, but we all know the problem isn't just first base.

The Angels need bullpen help if anything, and it couldn't hurt if they got another starter considering the way Scott Kazmir has been throwing of late.

If the Angels are to go after someone, my hope would be that they'd target a quality reliever, but if they were to go after a first baseman, I think a nice addition at the right price would be Lance Berkman. The guy's been starting to heat up of late after another slow start to the season but plays first base adequately, hits to all fields with power, and can still run a little bit despite being a tad husky. (Plus, on a random note, how cool would it be to have Fat Elvis on our team? You don't see that every day.)

What do you guys think will happen come trade deadline time?

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