The Angels were in dire need of a corner outfielder going into the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline. Rentals included Yoenis Cespedes, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. The Angels decided to take a different stance rather than going for a big name rental.
Conor Gillaspie was the first player to be acquired by the Angels at the deadline. The White Sox flipped Gillaspie to the Angels for cash considerations. He plays 3rd base and currently owns a .375/.412/.625 slash line through 4 games as a member of the Halos. Gillespie gives the Angels some flexibility while Freese is on the DL and also can contend for the DH spot upon Freese’s return.
Next the Angels acquired Shane Victorino and cash considerations from the Red Sox in exchange for Josh Rutledge. Victorino is a very clutch postseason man and should add some leadership in the clubhouse. The Red Sox are also paying the majority of his salary, which is a win for the Angels.
David DeJesus came next. The Angels traded cash considerations to the Rays for DeJesus. David DeJesus will provide outfield depth and experience to the club. DeJesus sported a slash line of .259/.323/.375 in 82 games with Tampa Bay.
Almost minutes after the DeJesus trade, the Angels acquired David Murphy from the Indians for prospect Eric Stamets. Murphy slashed .296/.344/.437 in 84 games with Cleveland this season. Murphy and Victorino could make up a left field platoon, although both can easily wind up in full-time starting spots.
The Angels clearly improved during the trade deadline and were able to hold on to Sean Newcomb, Roberto Baldoquin, Tyler Skaggs, Kyle Kubitza, and Andrew Heaney in the process. The newly acquired outfield depth, combined with Gillaspie’s help in the infield should help the Angels stage a deep playoff run and contend for a World Series.