As we continue “28 players under 28 years old” we take a look at the Rangers and Angels.
Chris Davis- 1b/3b- Rangers
Chris Davis was once targeted for Chicago before Robinson Chirinos was traded to the Rays as a part of a deal for Matt Garza. The Cubs idea was to have Davis play 1st for the Cubs. The Cubs still remain interest in Davis and rumors have been circulating that he could be dangled for a guy like Ryan Dempster or Carlos Zambrano. Davis could provide the Cubs will stability at 1st or 3rd base this season and beyond. He could fill the void if and when Aramis Ramirez leaves or if the Cubs miss on their plan A, B, and C for 1st base. Davis is only 25 years old but has 6 minor league seasons under his belt. In his minor league career he has hit .316 with a .374 OBP 16 SB, 114 HR, and 398 RBI. It finally looks like he is coming into his own and is ready for everyday ABs at the ML level and with the Cubs I think they can provide that for him.
I put this trade at 50%
Marin Perez-SP- Rangers
Know as the future of Rangers baseball I know prying him away will be as hard as trading for Pujols! Perez is a 20 year old lefty who can hit 94 on the gun. He is ranked the 24 best prospect in baseball and is doing really well in AA this year. He has posted a 3.16 ERA with a 4-2 record; in 88 innings pitched he has 83 Ks. The Rangers would ask for more than Z or Dempster for him, they would likely want Garza. If the Cubs acquired him he would be the 2nd player under 22 years of age on the Cubs 25 man roster.
I put this trade at 5%
Mark Trumbo- 1b- Angels
Why would the Angels trade away a power hitting 1st baseman who is only 26 years old and having success at the ML? Simple! They have Kendry Morales coming back next season and they are looking to add power to other areas so they maybe willing to sacrifice a guy like Trumbo. The Angels are only likely to deal Trumbo for an impact player this season for the playoff push which is why they are targeting the Cubs Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez. If the Angels acquired both the Cubs would obviously demand Trumbo (not to mention the Angels would be replacing him at first with Pena). Trumbo is hitting .260 with 17 homers, 41 RBI, and 8 SB in 84 games for the Angels. Trumbo would allow the Cubs to stop their 1st base free agent search before it starter and allow them to go with the “play the kids” mentality. Acquiring Trumbo means no Pujols and no Fielder.
I put this trade at 25%
Hank Conger- C- Angels
A 24 year old switch hitting catcher is considered the Angels backstop of the future, he is also trade bait for the Angels. The Angels would dangle him for the same guys they would dangle Trumbo for. Conger has had limited time in the ML so we will take a look at this minor league stats. Conger is rated the 84th best prospect in baseball and showed why in 2010 batting .300 with a .385 OBP and 11 homers in 108 games. Conger also has a plus arm, great glove, and calls really good game. He has been compared to Johnny Estrada and Greg Zaun.
I put this trade at 25%
That does it for this addition of 28 under 28… Tune in next time for the Dodgers, Mariners, and Orioles.