Currently sitting thirteen games back of the AL West-leading Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels are ready to put this season behind them and swap veteran assets for pieces that can help them in the future. According to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the Angels are "open for business" and will listen to offers for veterans like Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar and other players.
Angels are now 13 games back and open for business. Sources say they're willing to listen on Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick and plenty more.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2013
The Angels are looking for controllable starting pitchers in trade talks, according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
For Kendrick or Aybar, #Angels would seek a starter under multi-year control. Some teams want major leaguers for such pitchers, source says.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2013
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com notes that left-hander Scott Downs is being discussed in trade talks, and suggests that starter Jason Vargas is another name to watch. Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo would be attractive to many teams on the trade market, but Heyman says that are likely to stay with the Angels past Wednesday's trade deadline. Other players who may become available include Alberto Callaspo, Tommy Hanson and Ryan Madson.
The Royals are actively looking for a second baseman, and are likely to pursue Kendrick in trade talks. The Dodgers and Blue Jays also have help at second base, and the previous lack of available talent means that the Angels could obtain a valuable return if they decide to move Kendrick. The Cardinals are pursuing White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, but could look at Aybar as a backup plan.
Downs has reportedly drawn interest from many teams including the Braves, who have been searching everywhere for left-handed relievers. Vargas is currently on the disabled list, but is expected to return soon to finish out his contract year.
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