I know he’s not in the crowd of ML 1b/DH they have right now, but I think it’s worth mentioning that the Angels also spent their first round pick on an all bat college 1b from Utah last year, CJ Cron. Granted he has some injury concerns, but he raked in his short time last year, should be set for A+ or AA, and shouldn’t need much more than a year to be ML ready. If Morales does make it back, CJ is probably trade bait, but his presence makes that Pujols, Morales, Trumbo crowd even more crowded for 2013 – if they all stay healthy, someone is getting traded.
If Morales is able to stay healthy, he’s clearly good enough to be an every day player for the Angels. I personally believe Trumbo and Abreu aren’t nearly as skilled as Morales and health is the only thing keeping this conversation alive. Morales is still only 28 years old and should be in the middle of his prime. With the addition of Pujols, the emergence of Kendrick and Aybar, as well as some younger players coming into own (Bourjos, Trout), the Angels should have an excellent offense. If Morales is batting right ahead or right behind Pujols, he should see a lot of fastballs, which I imagine he will have no trouble crushing, once he gets his timing back. I’m predicting a pretty slow start but once he gets in the groove he’ll be a no-brainer starting 1B in fantasy leagues. I’m not sure where he’s being drafted in mock drafts, but I think it’s a safe bet he’ll outproduce is ADP pretty easily.
Another difference between Morales and Trumbo is that Morales was actually a 3B when he was signed. Granted, who knows how stable that leg is at this point, but Morales would probably be a better option in the field than Trumbo.
The 3rd spot in the Angels lineup drove in 67 runs in 2011 (3 more than the lead off hitter and 16 more than the 5 th spot). If Morales stays healthy 100 rbis’s looks likely.
Comment by BillHiggs — January 28, 2012 @ 11:11 am
Heck, Pujols played 7 games at 3rd last year. He’d be a better bet than Trumbo at 3B. If the Angels are smart Morales will get full-time at-bats if he’s healthy. I still think Abreu has enough left to be more valuable than Trumbo .291 OBP. Trumbo is terrible, except he hits the ball over the fence once in a while.
I think the Angels should start Trumbo at DH and trade Morales to the A’s for Chris Carter, Brian Fuentes and a case of Rally Monkeys. Please? It would only make for fairer games if the A’s could have at least one ML ready power bat.
Obviously the angels might not be interested in dealing with the yankees, but what about offering Morales to the bombers for Romaine or another one of the Yanks good catching prospects. The Yanks could pencil Morales in for 450 plate appearances or so between 1B/DH, and the A’s can gamble on a long-term solution behind the plate.