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The ideal chip for the Angels’ next, seemingly inevitable trade for a starting pitcher is Kendrys Morales.
It’s hard to deny that. Morales is coming into his final season before free agency and — given his representation (Scott Boras) and his desire to be more than a full-time DH — will leave after 2013.
Trading him now would give the Angels an outfield foursome of Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo (with Vernon Wells‘ contract probably still lingering). Trout, Bourjos and Trumbo are still in their pre-arbitration years and all four are under club control until at least 2016. Trout (probably left field), Bourjos (center) and Hamilton (right) would make up one of the game’s best outfields — offensively and defensively — and would give the Angels somewhat of a revolving door at DH. Trumbo would get the most reps there, but his versatility would allow Hamilton and Albert Pujols, who need to stay on the field to maximize their nine-figure contracts, can start there, too, when needed.
But what kind of starting pitcher can Morales bring back?
The Angels will seemingly be selling pretty high on the 29-year-old switch-hitter. He’s coming off his first healthy season since 2009, batting .273 with 22 homers, 73 RBIs and a .787 OPS. Morales, who missed almost two full seasons with a couple of ankle surgeries, even proved he can still handle first base. Then there’s the belief that he’ll be even better in 2013, with the motivation of an expiring contract and a full season under his belt. That’s a pretty good package for a guy who will make about $4 million next year, and teams desperate for power — particularly from the left side of the plate — would no doubt love to have him.
Still, though, his market is limited, because you’d be hard-pressed to find a National League club willing to gamble on him as their everyday first baseman and because we’re at a point in the offseason when most teams no longer have big holes to fill. Of course, the Angels would love to move Wells, but I can’t imagine them getting back any significant starter for him, even if they eat the vast majority of the $42 million owed to him the next two years. They’ll also keep listening on Bourjos and Trumbo, and may pull the trigger if blown away by a top-tier, cost-controlled starter. But as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote on Twitter recently, the priority is to deal Morales for an innings-eater.
Who can they get?
Here are three potential (and purely speculative) AL fits …
Rays: I know, it’s the first place everyone goes. But Tampa Bay always seems like an ideal match because they’re (still) rich in starters and could always use offense. Right now the Rays have James Loney at first base, with somewhat of a platoon at DH with the right-handed-hitting Ryan Roberts and the left-handed-hitting Sam Fuld. Morales would give them a big upgrade, and someone who can protect Evan Longoria. But he wouldn’t get the Angels Jeremy Hellickson or Matt Moore, or probably even Alex Cobb. Maybe Jeff Niemann, who’s under club control for two more years and would cost about $3 million in arbitration in 2013? The Rays did pick up some flexibility for the rotation by signing Roberto Hernandez on Tuesday.
Orioles: They still seek a middle-of-the-order bat, have a spot open at DH and seemingly have some pitching they can afford to part ways with. Righties Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman, and lefties Zach Britton and Brian Matusz are all young with upside, but with the exception of Tillman, they all struggled last year. Would the O’s be willing to part ways with the 24-year-old Tillman, one of few bright spots in an eclectic starting staff that ranked ninth in the AL in ERA last year? And given his past inconsistencies, can the Angels do better?
Indians: They’re trying to woo free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher, but could always use more offense, and Morales could split time at DH and first base with the right-handed-hitting Mark Reynolds. What about Justin Masterson, who had a rough 2012 season but has topped 200 innings the last two years and is signed for two more years? Well, he isn’t an ace, but he’s listed as Cleveland’s No. 1 pitcher, so they’d probably be very hesitant to give him up for K-Mo. Here’s another intriguing name: Ubaldo Jimenez. He’s been a shell of himself the last couple years, but he’s been relatively healthy, will make $5.75 million in 2013 and has an $8 million option for 2014. Perhaps working with his old catcher, Chris Iannetta, can get him back on track.
The important thing to ask yourself is whether any of these guys would be an upgrade over the 24-year-old Garrett Richards, who has yet to start a full season in the Majors but has a lot of upside. Adding another starter would likely push Richards to Triple-A, with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton making up the rest of the staff, and Jerome Williams likely returning to the long-relief role. The Angels’ front office will have some important decisions to make before Spring Training (and perhaps they’ll linger beyond that). Do they hold onto Bourjos and Trumbo, keeping their position-player roster deep but not improving the rotation a whole lot? Or do they trade one of those two — or both, or more — to land the impact starter they could still use?
Albert Pujols – Prince Fielder. Who got the better deal? Well, it’s probably a matter of how you look at it. And for a really close look, here are some contract details filed to the Major League Baseball Players Association (thanks to colleague Spencer Fordin for passing it along) …
* Player contract is $240M through 10 years and includes a full no-trade clause; valued by MLBPA at exactly $246,841,811. Average annual value: $24M.
* Plus, $1M per year for 10 years of personal services with the club upon retirement (can decline at any time).
* Severely backloaded — $12M in ’12, $16M in ’13, $23M in ’14, $24M in ’15, $25M in ’16, $26M in ’17, $27M in ’18, $28M in ’19, $29M in ’20, $30M in ’21.
* Up to $875K in incentives each season — $50K for All-Star team, $75K for Gold Glove; $75K for LCS MVP; $75K for Silver Slugger; $100K for WS MVP; $500K for MVP ($75K for 2nd or 3rd).
* Up to $10M for milestone accomplishments ($3M for 3,000 hits; $7M for breaking the HR record)
* Other stuff: 4 mutually-agreed-upon seats for all home games (may purchase same seats at end of contract); use of suite for 10 home games per year for Pujols Family Foundation; may purchase suite for all home games; will donate $100K per year to club charity; gets a suite on the road.
* Player contract is $214M through 9 years and includes limited no-trade protection. Average annual value: $23.8M.
* Not backloaded at all — $23M in ’12 and ’13, $24M from 2014-20.
* Plenty of incentives — $500K for MVP ($200K for 2nd through 5th, $100K for 6th through 10th); $1M for each subsequent MVP; $100K for All-Star team, or being named to Baseball America, The Sporting News or Associated Press All-Star team; $100K for Hank Aaron Award; $100K for Gold Glove; $100K for Silver Slugger; $100K for Division Series MVP; $150K for LCS MVP; $200K for WS MVP.
* Other stuff: May purchase luxury suite that includes four premium field-level seats each year; gets a suite on the road.
I think it’s pretty clear the 32-year-old Pujols got a better, bigger deal than the 27-year-old Fielder. But Scott Boras still did an impressive job with Fielder, by selling him to the needy Tigers in the final stages and managing to get a $200M contract in a year when the market wasn’t particularly ideal for high-priced first basemen. Plus, Fielder can get another contract in his mid-30s.
Here’s a look at some of the details for other Angels contracts …
C.J. Wilson (5-year, $77,584,772M)
* $10M in ’12, $11M in ’13, $16M in ’14, $18M in ’15, $20M in ’16
* $2.5M signing bonus, payable between December 2011 and July 2014.
* Limited no-trade protection.
* Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for LCS MVP, $100K for WS MVP, $150K for Cy Young ($75K for 2nd through 3rd).
* Other stuff: 8 Diamond Club tickets to all events at Angel Stadium; may purchase suite at ballpark for all games started; gets a suite on the road.
Howie Kendrick (4-year, $33,494,839M)
* $4.5M in ’12, $8.75M in ’13, $9.35M in ’14, $9.5M in ’15.
* Signing bonus of $1.4M, payable between January 2012 and January 2015.
* Limited no-trade protection.
* Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for LCS MVP, $75K for Silver Slugger, $100K for WS MVP, $150K for MVP ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th or 5th).
Erick Aybar (1-year, $5.075M)
* Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $100K for WS MVP, $75K for LCS MVP, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for Silver Slugger, $150K for MVP ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th through 5th).
Alberto Callaspo (1-year, $3.15M)
* Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for Silver Slugger, $75K for LCS MVP, $100K for WS MVP, $150K for MVP ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th through 5th).
LaTroy Hawkins (1-year, $3M)
Incentives: $50K for All-Star, $75K for LCS MVP, $100K for WS MVP, $75K for Gold Glove, $150K for Rolaids Relief Man Award ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th through 5th).
Kendrys Morales (1-year, $2.975M)
* Incentives: $50K for 550 PA; $50K for All-Star, $75K for Silver Slugger, $75K for Gold Glove, $75K for LCS MVP, $100K for WS MVP, $150K for MVP ($75K for 2nd through 3rd, $50K for 4th through 5th).
Jerome Williams (1-year, $820K)
Incentives: $20K for 16 GS, $20K for 19 GS, $20K for 22 GS, $20K for 25 GS, $20K for 28 GS, $20K for 31 GS, $20K for 35 games pitched overall, $20K for 40 G, $20K for 45 G, $20K for 50 G, $20K for 55 G, $20K for 60 G (no more than $120K can be earned in performance bonuses, though).