As the Angels continue their search for outfield help on the trade market, they may turn to the depth of a division rival. According to an industry source, the Angels are thought to have interest in Astros' outfielder L.J. Hoes, who is currently stashed at Triple-A Fresno.
Hoes, 25, is being "aggressively shopped" by the Astros, according to one source, echoing a report from Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that the team is looking to move its excess outfield depth. The Orioles are another team who are reportedly interested in adding Hoes, who grew up in the Baltimore area and came up through the Orioles' organization before being dealt to Houston in exchange for Bud Norris two years ago.
The Astros currently have Preston Tucker, George Springer, Colby Rasmus, Domingo Santana and Evan Gattis in the major-league outfield mix while Jake Marisnick is on the disabled list, lessening their need for outfield depth. Hoes and Triple-A teammate Alex Presley have both performed well with Triple-A Fresno and are thought to be available on the trade market.
Hoes is currently on the seven-day disabled list at Triple-A, but has been excellent with Fresno, hitting .335/.417/.466 with three homers in 59 games. He is a .235/.287/.330 hitter in 294 career major-league at-bats with Baltimore (2012-2013) and Houston (2013-2015).