Monday, July 1, 2013

By Joe Haakenson, Contributor - 

JULY 1, 2002

ANAHEIM -- July is here and the Angels are in the thick of a pennant race, and that means Angels general manager Bill Stoneman is on the phone.

Trade talks are heating up and will stay hot until the July 31 trading deadline, but that doesn't mean there will be moves made. The Angels could use bullpen help and maybe another bat, but with an uncertain labor situation, certain trades are less likely.

``It adds an element that normally isn't there,'' Stoneman said. `Any GM that would be giving up a young prospect player who could be a productive major league player in the near future ... there is a value to those players that labor isn't going to get in the way of. If you trade a player like that for a player you're using for the final two months of the season, someone who is going to be a free agent, you could be giving up something of concrete value for in effect, nothing.''

And to those who say a team in contention must make a move for the stretch run, Stoneman scoffs.

``To make moves just to make a move is not something I believe in,'' Stoneman said, adding that he believes the way the team is put together now is good enough to win. ``Yes it is, given that the players play up to their capabilities.''

Stoneman, though, is making and fielding phone calls from opposing GMs, and expects it to continue through the end of the month.

``We've had quite a few discussions lately,'' he said. ``But what's been indicated to me is that clubs, with the exception of Montreal, clubs in general are very reluctant to make young prospects available.''


The Angels' club record for doubles in a season is 42, held by Doug DeCinces (1982), Johnny Ray ('88) and Jim Edmonds ('98), but this season the Angels have three players on pace to hit more.

Garret Anderson has 28 and is on pace for 57; Tim Salmon has 26 and is on pace for 53; and Brad Fullmer has 21 and is on pace for 43.

Love to hear what you think!

Listen to "A Fish Like This" Tribute song to Mike Trout's Greatness

AngelsWin Media

We Recommend

 photo 8fbce79f-4964-43ef-a13d-ff1832b5e9a4_zpsd3c2ece7.jpg
Click on the picture above to pick up a copy of Rob Goldman's latest on Angels' great, Nolan Ryan. A Must Read for every fan of the Angels! Website Store

 photo t_zps6af139fc.gif
Copyright © 2013 Los Angeles Angels Blog | is the unofficial website of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Our comments and views do not express the views of the major league club or anyone affiliate with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. blog content, articles and opinions are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind.  We disclaim warranties, express or implied, including warranties for a particular purpose, accuracy, completeness, availability, security, compatibility and non-infringement.  Blog material, articles and other information furnished or supplied by you to become the ownership of for use at our discretion.  Your use of AngelsWin content is at your own discretion and risk. We do not warrant that any content here be error free that access thereto will be uninterrupted or errors will be corrected. We do not warrant or make any representations regarding  the use of any content made available through  You hereby waive any claim against us with respect thereto. may contain the opinions and views of other members and users. We cannot endorse, guarantee, or be responsible for the accuracy, efficacy or veracity of any content generated by our members and other users. The content of is intended for educational and entertainment purposes only. Such content is not intended to, and does not, constitute legal, professional, medical or healthcare advice or diagnosis, and may not be used for such purposes. Reliance on any information appearing on is strictly at your own risk. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. You should not act or refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in, or accessible through, the without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer or professional licensed in the recipient's state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.