Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says the Angels could use 2B Howie Kendrick as trade bait to acquire starting pitching this winter.
In addition, Heyman says the Angels might also consider dealing both Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos, although that is less likely as the Angels have more control over those two players than Kendrick.
Last month, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the Angels were close to dealing Kendrick to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, although a deal was never finalized and the Angels held onto Kendrick.
Michael Baron, ContributorKendrick has always been a solid and consistent offensive player, proving to be a steady top-of-the-order presence for the Angels. He’s an older and more expensive version of Daniel Murphy except he’s a right-handed hitter and would likely be a moderate defensive upgrade to Murphy at second base, if the Mets acquired him. With that said, I’m not sure how much better Kendrick would make the Mets, unless of course they are able to deal Murphy for the outfielder they seek this winter.
As for Trumbo and Bourjos, I’d prefer Trumbo – Bourjos is a part time player, and while he’s a good defender, the Mets have a few players like Bourjos already.
However, Trumbo does have holes in his game. Trumbo is a better first baseman than he is an outfielder, and so I wonder if the Mets would be interested in him primarily for first base. He hits for a lot of power and would have easily been the Mets most productive hitter this season. But he has struck nearly four times as much as he’s walked this season, which is pretty much inline with his career trend. There’s no question his bat could be a nice complementary piece for a future Mets lineup, but he should certainly not be considered a centerpiece by any means.
Statistics and information on Kendrick, Trumbo, and Bourjos...
Kendrick, 30, is hitting .301 with a .341 OBP and .778 OPS, 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 451 plate appearances over 108 games this season. He signed a four-year, $33.5 million extension with the Angels before the 2012 season – he will earn $9.35 million in 2014 and $9.5 million in 2015, after which he can be a free agent.
Kendrick has 12 unidentified teams on a limited no-trade clause this winter. He is currently on the disabled list with a sprained knee.
Bourjos, 26, is hitting .274 with a .333 OBP and .710 OPS, three home runs and 12 RBI in 55 games with the Angels. He will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2014.
Trumbo, 27, is hitting .233 with a .291 OBP and .743 OPS, 30 home runs and 87 RBI in 588 plate appearances over 138 games this season. Trumbo will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2014.
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