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Angel's outfield is crowded, Oakland should throw some relief there way to help!

Anaheim has more outfielders then they know what to do with right now, and Oakland has almost none. One of the things the Angel's are looking for is bullpen help which the A's could provide without losing any players under control long enough to fit the rebuild. I would propose a deal of Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes, for Peter Bourjos and Bobby Abreu.Balfour who was the A's best reliever last season, and has shown remarkable consistency over the last four years would be an upgrade at set up man for Anaheim. While Fuentes goes along in the trade after posting very solid numbers upon Melvin taking over managing last season, and is already familiar to the Angel's organization. In Bourjos you get an immediate starting center fielder with the range to patrol Oakland's large outfield, who is under team control thru 2017. Anaheim is then free to promote Trout to the big league club since they view him as a star in the making. Abreu provides Oakland with some options he could DH or play LF, and he brings a reputation as a mentor able to bring out career years in several of Anaheim's players in 2011 thru his clubhouse presence. Oakland could also flip Bobby at the deadline if he is having a bounce back season. I like Bourjos in Oakland, and dealing relievers that are only under short term control for a player the A's could keep thru a new stadium seems to fit well with there current plans. Abreu could bring some return value, and be very beneficial for bringing some of the Oakland prospects out of there struggles. I would be interested to see what type of influence he could have on Michael Taylor, and Chris Carter. There are a number of other relievers that Oakland could potentially package along with Balfour to get a deal done, and the benefits outweigh the cost's in my opinion. It's too bad I was disappointed with the haul for Bailey in a big way, and I think a Baily/Balfour for Trumbo/Bourjos would have been a solid deal for both teams clearing blocked players for Anaheim, and giving them a solid closer for a few season, while giving the A's some MLB ready players they could use now.


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