Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe opines in his latest catch-all piece that trading Mark Trumbo may prove to be a major mistake for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim moving forward.
The Angels will listen on a deal for Trumbo, but they would have to get a front-line starting pitcher, according to a source with knowledge of their thinking. Righthanded power is hard to come by, and with the futures of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton not clear, trading Trumbo may not make sense.
Trumbo is often overlooked in a lineup that features perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout and sluggers Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, but he has developed into one of the purest right-handed power bats in all of baseball.
Last season, the first baseman/outfielder hit 34 home runs and drove in 100 runs, despite hitting just .234. His 34 home runs ranked fourth-best in the league, and if he could develop a more consistent contact swing, that number could tick closer to 40 in coming years.
Should the Red Sox miss out on re-signing Mike Napoli, could Boston be a destination for Trumbo? He’s under team control for the next several seasons, and could prove to be a major asset moving forward for a contender looking to add some ‘pop’ in the middle of the lineup.