There are expected to be a lot of changes for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this offseason, and they’re not just taking place in the front office or off the field.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe expects the Angels to hit the trade market in search of starting pitching and expects the team will likely offer up second baseman Howie Kendrick as bait.
It looks more and more like Kendrick will be involved in a deal that would land the Angels some pitching or prospects. The Royals seem like a good fit as they attempt to solve their second base issue, and Kendrick would be a nice bat in that lineup. But what would the Royals give up? The Orioles are another possible fit with Brian Roberts’ tenure possibly ending soon. The Orioles haven’t decided to cut ties with the free agent, but they certainly wouldn’t re-sign Roberts for more than one season with his injury problems.
Both the Royals and Orioles, as Cafardo mentions, appear to be good fits simply off their current roster construction, though with two years and nearly $19 million dollars left on Kendrick’s contract he may be a bit more difficult to move than first thought.
Getting anything of value, given the money left on his deal, won’t be easy for the Angels though they may feel it’s best just to move on, allowing Grant Green to claim the starting gig.