The Los Angeles Angels are currently locked in a race with the Oakland A's for first place in the AL West, and while they are looking to acquire pitching help, general manager Jerry Dipoto says he is not willing to break up his major league roster to do it.
“We’re not looking to move pieces from our major league club,” Dipoto told The Los Angeles Times.
The big prize out on the trade market is Rays pitcher David Price, but there are several quality relief pitchers available as well. Bill Shaikin of the Times notes that the Angels are interested in Huston Street, Joaquin Benoit, Jonathan Papelbon and Joakim Soria. Shaikin also lists Padres starter Ian Kennedy as a possible target.
The Angels have the most powerful offense in the majors, averaging over five runs per game, but they have struggled to find consistent pitching this season. Their team WHIP is the third-highest in the American League. Garrett Richards and Jered Weaver are the only starters with an ERA under 4.00.
- Dan Gartland