No in­ter­est in rentals at the trade dead­line

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Pe­dro Moura pe­dro.moura@la­

TORONTO — In the fi­nal hours be­fore Mon­day’s 1 p.m. PDT dead­line to make non­waiver trades, the An­gels are not pur­su­ing po­ten­tial deals for play­ers who will be free agents at year’s end, so-called rentals. They will not be buy­ers. But they could ex­e­cute a trade that will break with tra­di­tional selling roles.

At the big­gest junc­tion in this sea­son, the An­gels are 51-55. Or­di­nar­ily, such a record would lead a team to sell off all its de­sir­able play­ers on ex­pir­ing con­tracts in ex­change for prospects. But even af­ter Sun­day’s col­lapse in Toronto, the An­gels re­main six games out of play­off po­si­tion, be­cause of a medi­ocre class of Amer­i­can League clubs. Teams in sim­i­lar stand­ing some­times opt to send away prospects for rentals.

An­gels gen­eral man­ager Billy Ep­pler said Sat­ur­day he is not con­sid­er­ing trades of the lat­ter for­mat, but he did not want to rule out any­thing else.

The An­gels will host Philadel­phia for three games be­gin­ning Tues­day. Sep­a­rate from stan­dard ad­vance scout­ing work, the An­gels had a pro­fes­sional scout watch­ing the Phillies over the week­end. The An­gels are known to be in­ter­ested in Phillies sec­ond base­man Ce­sar Her­nan­dez, who is un­der club con­trol for two more years af­ter that.

Deals in­volv­ing Her­nan­dez and sim­i­lar play­ers could come to­gether now or in the off­sea­son. There’s lit­tle rush, re­ally, un­like most other trades at this time of year.

An ex­am­ple of what the An­gels could do: At last year’s dead­line, the An­gels’ big­gest trade in­volved left­hander Hec­tor San­ti­ago, who re­mained un­der club con­trol through this year. They parted with him and a re­lief prospect for righthanders Ricky No­lasco and Alex Meyer, who have made 20 more starts for the An­gels this year than San­ti­ago has made for Min­nesota.

This year, the An­gel most likely to be traded is vet­eran Bud Nor­ris, the club’s un­of­fi­cial closer who has given up walk-off grand slams in two of his last three ap­pear­ances. They have also en­gaged in con­ver­sa­tions about fel­low re­liev­ers David Her­nan­dez and Yus­meiro Pe­tit. All three men are pitch­ing on mi­nor league con­tracts and mak­ing min­i­mal money rel­a­tive to the big league stan­dard. All three will be free agents at year’s end.

“I’m not think­ing about it too much,” Nor­ris said Sat­ur­day. “I want to stay in this uni­form, but what­ever’s meant to be will be.”

Had left fielder Cameron May­bin not sprained his knee two weeks ago, he would have at­tracted in­ter­est. Kansas City on Sun­day traded its 13th-ranked prospect and an­other mi­nor lea­guer for Chicago White Sox left fielder Melky Cabr­era. May­bin makes less money than Cabr­era and com­pares fa­vor­ably to him.

Short hops

Af­ter Mon­day’s day off, the An­gels’ start­ing ro­ta­tion will stay on sched­ule for the up­com­ing se­ries against the Phillies. No­lasco, JC Ramirez and Parker Brid­well will start, in that or­der. … On the dis­abled list since Mon­day be­cause of an in­flamed shoul­der, Meyer has not yet re­sumed throw­ing.

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