Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Orange County connection

The Angels would suit Heath Bell in terms of family stability if the Padres decide to trade their All-Star closer. Bell, who grew up in Orange County, would remain close to his wife and four children, and also his father, who has cancer.

In a baseball sense, "the Angels could be a fit for Bell -- the bullpen is still a fairly shaky area for them," said a National League executive outside the West. "The Angels are always in go-for-it mode. Their financial situation is unknown."

The Angels, who are a game behind the first-place Rangers, don't appear as stocked with prospects as potential suitors such as the Rangers, but the executive said pitching prospects such as Fabio Martinez (recently on the disabled list) and Garrett Richards would interest many clubs. Angels reserve catcher Hank Conger, a first-round draft pick in 2006, "might be an interesting guy because he struggled recently and he might be expendable," the exec said. For what it's worth, the Padres scouted Conger, a switch-hitter with power, in 2006 and considered him for their first-round pick that was used for Wake Forest infielder Matt Antonelli.

1 comment:

  1. Is that scouting valid any more though since the regime in San Diego has changed? Personally, I'm not sure how Guyton and KT scouting a guy has any bearing on Hoyer and McLeod.

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