Angels could use ‘pen for lineup help …

NASHVILLE — Trevor Gott is drawing some interest from the Winter Meetings, with FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal first reporting that teams have inquired on the 23-year-old reliever.

The Angels could use him to plug a hole in their lineup, outlined here.

The A’s are expected to trade Brett Lawrie, a right-handed power hitter who can play second or third base, and would like some pitching in return, be it for the rotation or the bullpen. The Phillies could part with left-handed hitter Cody Asche, who plays left field and third base, for a reliever.

And, of course, there’s still the possibility that the Twins part with right-handed-hitting third baseman Trevor Plouffe, even though general manager Terry Ryan previously intimated that he’d like to keep him. Minnesota is also in need of bullpen help, and the Angels can afford to part with some of that, similar to what they did last year.

Gott could be dealt in much of the same way Kevin Jepsen was for Matt Joyce last December (though, of course, they’d hope to do better on their return).  Mike Morin (6.37 ERA, but a 1.27 WHIP with a solid 10.4 strikeout rate and 2.3 walk rate in 2015) could be a candidate to take over the seventh-inning role ahead of Joe Smith and Huston Street, as can someone like Fernando Salas or an affordable free-agent acquisition.

Gott — with a lively, high-90’s fastball but below-average secondary pitches — posted a 3.02 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP, with 5.1 strikeouts and 3.0 walks per nine innings in 48 appearances as a rookie last season.

Alden

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