Rockies trade Mike Moustaka’s for Angels shortly after losing to them by 24 runs

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For the second time in two days, the Los Angeles Angels traded for an experienced infielder to cover all their injuries. The Halos have acquired Mike Moustakas from the Colorado Rockies for minor-league right-hander Connor Van Scoyoc, the team announced Saturday night. The move came not long after the Angels defeated the Rockies 25-1. Moustakas only has to change clubhouse on Sunday.

On Friday the Angels acquired Eduardo Escobar from the New York Mets for two minor league pitchers. The trades of Escobar and Moustakas come at a time when the Halos have been hit hard by injuries and some underperformance as well. This is what the angels have to deal with:

  • SS Zach Neto: Tense oblique (to resume baseball activities)
  • 3B Anthony Rendon: Wrist contusion (played catch Saturday)
  • AS Gio Urshela: Broken Pelvis (probably out for the season)
  • 1B Jared Walsh: Demoted to Triple-A (with .119/.244/.224)

Moustakas, 34, made it to the Rockies as an invitee to spring training. He hits .270/.360/.435 with four home runs this year, including .318/.400/.418 away from Coors Field. Moustakas played mostly first base for Colorado — first base has been a problem for the Angels all season — though he could fill in for third base if the Angels needed it.

“We’ll mix and match and work it out,” Angels manager Phil Nevin told the Associated Press after the trade. “This week the lineup hasn’t had the depth we’ve had all season. We feel like we have that now.”

Clearly, the Angels are pushing ahead for the postseason in Shohei Ohtani’s final season before free duty. In addition to the Escobar and Moustakas trades, they have aggressively called out their best prospects, including Neto (2022 first round pick) and Judges Sam Bachman (2021 first round pick) and Ben Joyce (fourth round pick) of 2022). I guess the Angels aren’t done yet.

Saturday’s sweeping win at Coors Field improved Anaheim to 42-36 on the season. They are six games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West and are tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for third and final with an American League wild card. The Angels have not been in the postseason since 2014. It is baseball’s longest postseason drought.

As for the Rockies, Saturday’s loss cut them to 30-49, the third worst record in baseball. The Moustakas trade frees up a full-time roster spot for first baseman Michael Toglia, a 2019 first round pick, so the trade represents something of a youth move.

The Cincinnati Reds released Moustakas in January and owe him $22 million in 2023 minus the league minimum of $720,000. The Angels are only on the hook for the prorated portion of the minimum.

Van Scoyoc, 23, has a 2.76 ERA in 62 innings in High Class-A this season. Baseball America did not rank him in the Angels’ top 30 prior to the trade.

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