By Eric Notti - AngelsWin.com Contributor
The case against Napoli being traded. Surprised by the change in direction? You shouldn't be because for the betterment of the team this season Mike Napoli has more worth on the roster than in a weak trade scenario before the season starts. The reason I say weak is that the Angels, if they follow through on their free agent targets, will have no glaring holes to be filled. Mike Napoli would end up as either a giveaway for a bench player or prospects. That is not a wise allocation of resources.
Let's make sure we are clear on the ground rules for not trading Napoli before the season starts. This is predicated on one acquisition and that is for Carl Crawford for left field. Crawford changes so many of the dynamics of how the Angels offense can run and with the complimentary defense of Bourjos in center and Hunter in right field the outfield is like one giant glove web where rarely anything can pass through. On offense this reshuffles the batting order to present a 2,3,4,5 lineup that can actually get something done. Who bats leadoff will be a question mark but everyone following that is going to be a solid contributor.