Sunday, March 9, 2008
The Angels are in need of a utility player and are eyeing infielder Clint Barmes. Barmes, who was once considered a top prospect in the Rockies organization, has failed to cut it as a big league starter. He is not the best fielder either, but he would give the Angels a player that could play a game here and a game there to give someone a day off. He has been in several trade talks over the past couple of offseasons, so if the Angels come calling, it probably would not take much to land him. Another possible option is the Cubs' Eric Patterson. Patterson does not seem to have a spot on the Cubs roster, mostly because Mike Fontenot has his bench spot, but he can play just about any position on the field. Maybe Patterson and a minor league prospect for Reggie Willits would do it. The Cubs need an outfielder and that trade would help both teams. Another option, is the Brewers' Craig Counsell. Although Counsell is nearing retirement, he can play second, third, and short, and he would provide veteran leadership to their young infield. Rosters are expected to be trimmed to a manageable size within the next week, so a trade, if any, should happen by then or soon after.