Sonny Gray trade rumors: Reds could get an epic haul from the Angels

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Sonny Gray #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Minnesota Twins on September 27, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27: Sonny Gray #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Minnesota Twins on September 27, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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Jo Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels catches a fly ball.
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 16: Jo Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels catches a fly ball in right field. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Don’t look for a return of MLB-ready talent.

Let’s not get too crazy when we talk about a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Trout, Jo Adell, and Anthony Rendon would not be part of any deal that sent Sonny Gray to LA. If the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels are going to swing a deal for the two-time All-Star, don’t look for Cincy to get MLB-ready talent in return.

If the Angels do indeed intend to go after a trade for Gray, they’re doing so with the mindset to win-now; something the Reds tried to do last year. The Angels’ window of contention hinges on having the best player on the planet as part of their organization.

The Angels have tried time and time again to surround Mike Trout with elite talent, but it’s never panned out. Albert Pujols was not the answer, and just last year, the Angels acquired Dylan Bundy and signed Anthony Rendon.

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If the Cincinnati Reds do indeed deal Gray to the Angels, it’ll be for a gigantic haul of younger talent, or a top level prospect and maybe a couple lower-level minor league players. Reds fans won’t want to hear this, but if Cincinnati deals Gray to LA, it’ll likely be a sign that the team is trying to rebuild rather than compete.