The Angels pulled off a trade prior to the Winter Meetings when they traded pitcher Tyler Chatwood to the Rockies for catcher Chris Ianetta. A one time Rockies top prospect, Ianetta has floundered with the Rockies. One thing he’s good at is drawing a walk though and Ianetta will give the Angels a solid plate setter at a position they needed an upgrade at.
Chatwood was the team’s top pick back in 2008, is a blue chip prospect and he’s still young. Still, the Angels do have some arms and they felt the need to bring in a catcher that has some pop. Still, getting a guy like Ianetta away from Coors Field could have some interesting consequences. Control has been an issue for Chatwood so maybe that made the decision easier. Still, this is a guy who probably would have pitched in the rotation this season.
The Angels have to make some moves to compete next year. The Rangers will be there and you wonder how Angels tickets sales are going to be if they keep coming in second place.
Mark Trumbo had a solid season in his rookie campaign and this showed up in the ROY of the voting where he finished second place. He was named on 21 of the 28 ballots and he picked up five first place votes, eleven second place votes and five third place votes. Jeremy Hellickson won the award but the first place votes were all over the place. Eric Hosmer, who came in third place, finished with four first place votes while Ivan Nova and Dustin Ackley both picked up one.
Trumbo wasn’t the only Angel who picked up some points. Jordan Walden received a single third place vote for his contribution to the team. That makes for two solid building blocks heading into 2012.
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