The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Carlos Lee from the Milwaukee Brewers because when you get down to it, the Rangers always seem to be one bat shy of winning. This deal comes on the heels of last-place Seattle dealing one of its top prospects for Ben Broussard. The A’s are almost certainly going to deal before the deadline.
And that leaves the Angels. It has become depressingly apparent that Howie Kendrick is going to be that promised impact bat. Or the team will reason that the resurgence Juan Riveria is better than making a deal. Not that either player is doing bad, but the Angels need to do more. If they don't think so, they are a bunch of dopes.
Kendrick should now be untouchable. And the only player on the Major League roster available should be Adam Kennedy. But anybody else in the minors should be fair game to get Miguel Tejada. Be it Brandon Wood, Joe Saunders or Mark Trumbo. Trade them.
Of course, the team wouldn't need to make a deal if they had kept Troy Glaus—a move that probably cost them the World Series title last year.
So it's up to you, Stoneman. The other clubs in the division have proven that they want to win, do you?