An arms race has emerged in the American League West. Moves are being made, followed by responding moves and maneuvers as some of the best teams in baseball jockey for position in one of the best divisions in baseball.
At this point the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels, and Seattle Mariners have all made significant trades to bolster their rosters. With a little less than a week until the trade deadline, time remains for these teams to make yet another move to improve their chances at a playoff run and possibly a division title.
Given the uncertainty of the starting rotation entering the season, one might assume that the Angels could still stand to improve that area of the roster. Even with Jered Weaver and the emergence of Garrett Richards, the Angels arguably have the weakest starting pitching of the three teams in the AL West.
Even with that being the case, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels do not want to pursue any deals for a starting pitcher before this month’s deadline.
Sources: #Angels unlikely to add SP pre-7/31. Wilson expected back early Aug. Team has some $$; would prefer not to trade more prospects.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2014
The Angels have been fine thus far, receiving stellar enough starting pitching to combine with their offense for a +85 run differential this season, second in all of baseball to only the A’s. They addressed their biggest need by addressing their bullpen with the trade for Huston Street, and they appear to believe that is enough to make their big push.
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