Hey look, it’s another American League team in limbo. More realistically, at 49-51 the Angels lean toward the lower end of the AL’s fringe contenders, with a pitching staff riddled with injuries and a supporting cast around Mike Trout that’s still likely too weak to be a real contender.
If anything the Halos should try to be sellers over this next week, but fate has colluded against them there too. Outfielder Cameron Maybin looked like he might finally stay healthy for a full year, getting on base at a better-than-average clip and setting himself up to potentially swipe 40–45 bases. Instead, a knee injury will likely sideline him into August, a tough break given that Maybin is in his walk year and might’ve brought back at least a decent prospect or two in trade. Fellow pending free agent Yunel Escobar could still be a passable fallback plan for a team that needs infield help, like the Yankees or the Red Sox.