As per a report that appeared on MLBTradeRumors.com, the Los Angeles Angels, who have already expressed interest in pitchers Huston Street, and Ian Kennedy, now have expanded their net to include Tyson Ross. Angels’ owner Arte Moreno has appeared to remove the shackles from GM Jerry Dipoto, and will allow him to be very aggressive in the team’s pursuit of what they believe can be the final pieces of a World Series team.
This could be an opportunity for the Padres’ to receive what the report calls “a significant return.” While it’s highly unlikely that Ross is moved because of his team control for the next four seasons, the idea has to be intriguing to the Padres’ three-headed GM monster that is currently running the show until a new front office boss is in place.
Street has been mentioned with teams such as the Detroit Tigers, the Baltimore Orioles, and even his original squad, the Oakland Athletics. Kennedy, whose stock is starting to rise again after finishing the first half on a high note, is gaining interest from the aforementioned Orioles, and his original team, the New York Yankees.
The Angels don’t have the prospects to make any deal they desire, and for the Padres and Tyson Ross, it comes down to…Do they get some bats and build for the future? Or do they try to acquire the needed firepower by other means? Both the farm system and big league roster is loaded with talented arms, but Ross and fellow staff mate Andrew Cashner could be a dominant 1-2 punch for years to come. Dipoto’s unwillingness to part with a young, impact bat like a C.J. Cron, will most likely prevent the Angels from adding anything more than spare parts at the deadline.