The LA Angels are in trouble, MLB on FOX insider Ken Rosenthal says, this season and beyond.
Friday's news that top starting pitcher Garrett Richards likely needs Tommy John surgery was a big blow to a team that already lost left-handed starters Andrew Heaney, who also might need the surgery, and C.J. Wilson. It leaves the Angels lacking depth in their starting rotation this season and into the next, and there's not much help on the horizon.
"The Angels' farm system is so weak, it robs them of the ability to make impact trades," Rosenthal says, and there are few free agents to target when the contracts of Wilson and Jered Weaver are up after this season.
The Angels have stated that Mike Trout isn't going anywhere, and trading another hitter like Kole Calhoun "would further diminish what already is a below-average offense," Rosenthal says.