Thursday, August 28, 2008

Could the two-time World Series contributor - David Eckstein be reunited with the Angels?

By Eric Denton - Senior Writer

With the Angels scuffling over the past month (12-12 over their last 24 games) and now hamstring injuries to Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar compounded by the loss of Macier Izturis. Things haven’t been looking as rosy for the club as they were at the end of July.

Not only are the injuries worrisome, the funk the team seems to be stuck is also. It’s hard to tell if the 15.5 game lead the Angels currently enjoy is going to be a hindrance to them when it comes to the post-season.

Yes it will be nice for Mike Scioscia to be able to rest his regulars and not worry about the other teams behind them in the standings, but it could also cause the team to get complacent and not play with a sense of urgency.

The thought of rookie Sean Rodriguez starting play-off games at second-base or short-stop has sent chills up the spines of Angel fans. This is why General Manager Tony Reagins needs to do everything he can to obtain some middle infield help.

In today’s Los Angeles Times, Reagins was asked about a trade.

"At this point, there hasn't been a fit," "The waiver aspect hasn't been an issue. The right pieces aren't in place for a deal. Will that change? Maybe. It may not."

The names mentioned are John McDonald, Marco Scutaro, Jamey Carroll and Juan Castro. These players are all serviceable and would help out the team. However, the most exciting name that is available is former Angel’s short-stop David Eckstein.

The two-time World Series Champion just might be spark the Angels need to get over their malaise. Not to mention the energy he’d bring to the fans inside the Big A if he were to return to the club.

Eckstein is a big game player. He could help the Angels either as a starter or off the bench, at second-base or short-stop, depending on the availability of Aybar and Kendrick. Granted, Eck isn’t the flashy fielder with a great arm or range as Aybar, but he can get the job done.

The 2008 edition is the best team Mike Scioscia has had since 2002. Tony Reagins must step up to the plate again like he did in acquiring Mark Teixeira.

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