In my meandering around the internet, I came across a MLBTradeRumors article that briefly speculated on potentially available center fielders, and to my surprise I saw our very own Torii Hunter listed at the bottom as a potential candidate. The author speculated that this is a possibility because of the assumed ascendancy of Mike Trout and the fact that Torii's contract doesn't extend past 2012, making him somewhat appealing to a team in search of veteran help.My initial kneejerk response to this was scorn and amusement; Torii Hunter has become the heart and soul of our ballclub. However, it did force me to take a step back and try and view our outfield with a more objective set of eyes.
CF - Gorgeous Bourjos is performing better than expected with the bat, and an error or two aside, he has continued to prove with his defense the reason he was called up in the first place. If he continues to play at this level, I don't see him going anywhere
LF - Vernon Wells..... Enough has been made of this $86 million man. Will he be better than he has been? I'm confident of that. Will he play well enough to take away the sting everyone on HH feels when seeing Napo Smash in Texas? Probably not so much. I feel like this is a trade the front office is already regretting, and conventional wisdom says that Wells is utterly immovable. However, that was said before Reagins swooped in and traded for him, and I would point out that GM can be a Ninja in both directions (Dan Haren anyone?!).
RF - Torii Hunter. Ahh the inimitable Torii Hunter. A model of consistency during his Halos tenure, a true ambassador of the game, the heart and soul of the ballclub, and an absolutely terrifying man to watch run the bases. He showed his true character and dedication to the team and the game when he willingly shifted over to RF to accommodate Fleet Pete. I would have thought him untouchable before the Wells trade, but in many ways he looks like he would net the best return for the Angels if the team made a move to clear space for Trout. It would be a blow to the clubhouse, but Torii is still capable of playing excellent corner defense (unlike Senor Abreu) and his bat is as solid as ever.
OF/DH - Bobby Abreu. Bobby has done great things for our club. He's an excellent aging veteran who still has a lot to offer, but the easily reached vesting option on his contract (450 PAs I believe?) and his utter inability to play the OF at a Major League level anymore reduce his trade value significantly. Not to mention if he is moved to make room for Trout, $18-23 million is a heck of a lot to pay on a DH named Hunter or Wells.
Given the depletion of our farm system's pitching depth by recent trades, and the seemingly inevitability of Trout's arrival in the Bigs, I wonder what moves we might end up seeing from our front office this season. What kind of returns do you think any of our current starting outfielders would net for the Halos?
Which starting Angels outfielder is most likely to be traded?
Vernon Wells (21 votes)
Torii Hunter (86 votes)
Bobby Abreu (121 votes)
Peter Bourjus (31 votes)
259 total votes