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Angels seek more controllable pieces?

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels find themselves in a peculiar position as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. The team entered Sunday just four games back in the AL wild-card race with close to a dozen players headed into free agency on the 25-man roster.

Among those players nearing the end of their contracts are right-handed relievers Bud Norris, David Hernandez and Yusmeiro Petit. "All are making relatively low salaries and probably wouldnt clear waivers next month, so if the Angels become sellers this month, it would probably behoove them to swap that trio before the deadline," writes Buster Olney in his blog.

Center fielder Cameron Maybin and third baseman Yunel Escobar are also named by Olney as possible trade assets. Maybin is making $9 million this year while slashing .238/.341/.370, and he could interest teams needing an outfielder with positional flexibility. Escobar is earning $7 million this season with a .287/.344/.413 slash line.

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