Ervin Santana for Kevin Youkilis?

Are the Angels and Red Sox potential trade partners? This is based on nothing but my own hypothesis, but it appears as though it could be a mutually beneficial deal.

Ervin Santana, while he does possess plenty of upside, has proven to be quite a volatile pitcher over his Angels career. His age (29) and his proven talent would make him an appealing trade target for a contender in need to rotation help.

WIth Garrett Richards displaying his ability to pitch at the major league level, Ervin Santana could become disposable. A rotation anchored by Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, and CJ Wilson can take a team very far, regardless of who pitches on days four and five. Jerome Williams and Garrett Richards would likely provide above-average production for those positions, anyways.

With all due respect to Alberto Callaspo, third base is a position where the Angels could afford to upgrade offensively. Though Youkilis is undoubtedly on the downside of his career, he brings offensive upside and World Series experience to a team that hopes to win the title this season.

Say what you will about his injury risk, it is a gamble the Halos can afford to take with capable replacements Callaspo and Izturiz on the bench.

Imagine rolling out this sort of lineup down the stretch:

CF - Mike Trout

RF - Torii Hunter

1B - Albert Pujols

DH - Kendrys Morales

LF - Mark Trumbo

3B - Kevin Youkilis

2B - Howie Kendrick

C - Chris Ianetta

SS - Erick Aybar

I think the addition of Youkilis far outweighs the loss of Santana. If it doesn't work out, Youkilis can leave as a free agent this winter.

But if it does work, the Angels would have a championship caliber offense that could truly rival the Texas Rangers, while still boasting one of the most fearsome rotations in baseball.

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