Time to turn to the prospects?
Could Hillenbrand be heading to Anaheim?
Could Hillenbrand be heading to Anaheim?

Posted May 25, 2006

The Angels must soon decide if they can be a contender this season or if the time has arrived to turn the lineup over to prospects and Vladimir Guerrero, the least likely member of the team to be offered in trade.

If the Angels decide to rebuild, the most obvious move would be to trade second baseman Adam Kennedy, and there are plenty of rumors regarding where he would go.

One that makes sense is a swap to the Blue Jays, a strong team which could use an upgrade at second base. Kennedy would provide that.

The Angels are interested in Shea Hillenbrand to bolster their lineup, which hasn't been productive enough in too many games this season. The Blue Jays might consider that deal.

The Angels are unlikely to sign Kennedy again when his contract expires at the end of the season, preferring to go with prized farmhand Howie Kendrick.

If the Angels aren't going to bring Kennedy back, trading him soon would seem like a wise move. But management must decide if the club - which appeared to right the ship a bit by defeating the first-place Rangers Tuesday and Wednesday - can win in a pennant race with a rookie starting at second base.

REPLAY: The Angels won Tuesday and Wednesday over the Rangers after losing their six previous games. With an 8-5 victory Wednesday, the Angels got their first series win in the last seven.

Following an off day Thursday, the Angels open a six-game homestand against the Orioles and Twins.

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