The Angels are suggested frequently on this board as trade partners. Usually its Dunn and/or some other players for some combination of Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver, Bartolo Colon, John Lackey, Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Brandon Wood, Scott Shields, Nick Adenhardt, Macier Izturis, Casey Kotchman, Joe Saunders, the Rally Monkey or Gene Autry’s ghost. This all probably stems from the Angels shopping for a bat during the season in an effort to contend. It’s the off-season now and conditions have changed making a trade unlikely IMO.
Let's start with the pitchers. Colon is trying to rehab a partially torn Rotator Cuff (w/o surgery I believe) and is expensive. He won’t throw until Christmas at the earliest. The Reds don’t want him and the Angels don’t want to count on him. That makes the Angel rotation Lackey, Santana, Kelvim Escobar, Weaver and Saunders. It’s a good rotation top to bottom, but there are 5 guys for 5 spots. I don’t see them trading one to create a hole. As for Shields, he is the top set-up guy for F-Rod. Pitching is a major strength in Anaheim, I don’t see them trading it if they don’t have to (that includes Adenhardt).
As for the players, a changing of the guard is happening now and these young players are taking over. Higher priced older guys will be leaving as Free Agents making spots for the young players to play and creating the need for the Angels to keep them. Adam Kennedy is a Free Agent and Kendick will take his spot. Darin Erstad also comes off the books making Kotchman the man at 1B. Tim Salmon is retiring which also creates some playflex. Dallas McPherson has had some trouble at 3B so Izturis and Aybar are probably going to stick around as insurance for him and a potential wash-out from Kendrick. McPherson could also be moved to 1B if Kotchman washes out, making one of these guys a regular. Wood is the long-term answer at 3B anyway but he is likely still a year away. I believe Aybar is viewed as the future at SS. Orlando Cabrera is 31 and has 2 years left on his deal. I could see him being moved later this year or after 2007 to make a spot for Aybar, to save $, to get something they need, and to get younger. The Angels will be happy to spot Aybar in for now IMO.
What makes the most sense for Anaheim is to use the payflex from the players leaving to sign a big bat. The owner has shown a pattern of preferring south of the border types and it seems to be the perfect place for Soriano or Carlos Lee. They can evaluate where they are until the all star break and then decide if they need to trade any of these guys to fill holes. If they do use these guys to make a deal, it will likely be for a long-term answer in CF (Vernon Wells anyone?) that can add offense. Chone Figgins can be moved around to fill any holes created. The Reds don't really have anything that is significantly better than what they have or can buy on the market so why would they trade a bunch of young cheap guys when they don't need to? The Reds don't have the CF they may be looking for.