On Monday, we put forth the idea that the Angels should look towards Detroit for some left field pop, and give the Tigers a ring about Yoenis Cespedes. Well, there may be more to that idea than we originally thought, because Alden Gonzalez reported today that not only are the Angels definitely interested in adding power, they're open to a rental. Cespedes would be a rental, and that was the main point of contention from some of us here on Halos Heaven, in regards to the deal actually becoming a reality. It will still depend on the cost, which goes without saying.
#Angels still prefer a bat controlled beyond 2015, but will consider rentals, which includes Yoenis Cespedes. All about acquisition cost.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 23, 2015
Now, let's put to bed something real quick, for those of who are anti-rental, mainly due to the Mark Teixeira and Zach Greinke deals which resulted in us not holding on to either player: those were perfectly good trades. We got a couple really good months out of both guys, and in the end, basically gave up nothing. It was only the inability to sign each of those players that leaves the taste of a sour trade in some Halos fan's mouths. Don't count out front office being able to pull Cespedes away from Detroit for a couple months for a couple prospects, and maybe not even ones that will hurt us. One thing to note is that it's been written by Jeff Fletcher that the only guy that is off the table from the get-go is Sean Newcomb. Young arms like Chris Ellis and Nate Smith could be moved. Again...the Yoenis Cespedes deal isn't as far fetched as it was when we first threw that out into the internet ether on Monday afternoon. Since then, there has been a steady rise in clamor and cosigning regarding that potential deal from major sites and the beat writers, not to mention the Angels actually have a scout now checking out Detroit.
So a fun little article by Halos Heaven on Monday is turning into a legit story on Wednesday. The Angels are down for a rental, they have some big chips...and all of a sudden it's not that crazy to think about. Now, the deal being feasible and the deal being something that will ultimately pay dividends are two separate things altogether. Your Cespedes mileage may vary, but we now know it's something we need to keep on our radar.