Trade winds: Angels might focus on first
ANAHEIM -- With just over a month to go before the July 31 trade deadline, the Los Angeles Angels might be focusing their shopping list on the first base position.
Angels general manager Tony Reagins spent about 30 minutes in manager Mike Scioscia's office with the door shut Sunday morning. Afterward, Reagins said he has been actively engaged in trade talks, but wouldn't elaborate.
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"Right now, there's nothing I can say is going to happen in the next day or so," Reagins said.
Scioscia narrowed the possibilities. He said he likes the direction of the starting rotation, he can see depth beginning to emerge in the bullpen and thinks third base will work itself out after Maicer Izturis returns from the disabled list. First base, where Mike Napoli has been filling in for injured slugger Kendry Morales, is another matter.
"There's a need for depth," Scioscia said. "That's the best way I can put it. With every team that's a contender, there's a very distinct depth chart that will emerge and it will show you where you can add some depth. Our team is no different."
Napoli could be part of a deal involving a first baseman. The emergence of Bobby Wilson has given the Angels two viable options at catcher and Scioscia has sometimes been frustrated by Napoli's streakiness and defensive struggles behind the plate.
Some of the players who might have helped them are no longer on the market. The Chicago White Sox are the hottest team in baseball, which means slugger Paul Konerko is unlikely to be moved. The Cleveland Indians just traded Russell Branyan to the last-place Seattle Mariners. Two of the remaining possibilities are the Washington Nationals' Adam Dunn and Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam LaRoche.Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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