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Angels taking calls, exploring “concepts” in trading relievers, per Ken Rosenthal

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Specifically mentioned are relief righties Bud Norris and David Hernandez.

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As expected, the Angels have been taking calls on their relievers, per Ken Rosenthal.

The difference now is that they are “explor[ing] concepts” on those relievers, whom Rosenthal mention by name as Bud Norris and David Hernandez. However, due to Twitter’s 140 character limit (Rosenthal’s tweet was 139), is it not unreasonable to infer that the Angels are also exploring trades for their third relief rental in Yusmeiro Petit as well.

The Angels front office could be looking to reload for next year by a selloff of their relievers.

But the question remains, are the assets they are trading strong enough to make a return worthwhile? And if they are, will the buyer’s market value them accordingly?

Bud Norris: 3.89 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 11.32 K/9*, 4.35 BB/9*

David Hernandez: 2.23 ERA, 1.85 FIP, 9.42 K/9, 2.04 BB/9

(5th lowest FIP among relievers, min. 30 IP)

Yusmeiro Petit: 2.52 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 9.49 K/9, 1.78 BB/9

*stats do not include today’s performance

Other rental relievers of note being traded include Addison Reed (3.15 FIP), Joe Smith, yes that Joe Smith (2.31 FIP), and Brandon Kintzler (3.68 FIP).

Other controllable relievers on the market include Brad Hand, Justin Wilson, Zach Britton, and Brad Brach.