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Will this move be too late to save Los Angeles, though? The Astros blocked the Angels’ path to the AL West crown long ago. Despite Houston’s second-half slump, the Halos remain 11 games out with just a month to go. Things are far brighter in the wild-card race, where L.A. trails the Twins by only one game for the second spot and the Yankees by two games for the overall lead. But the Angels have the red-hot Orioles on their trail, only a half game ahead of them in the standings, and four other teams are in the hunt as well. And Upton won’t fix the Angels’ patchwork rotation or shaky bullpen.
Then again, it’s not as if the Angels are the only team riddled with holes yet still alive in the playoff chase. The Twins are leading the way for the second spot despite a rotation comprised of no-names and an even more anonymous. The Orioles, for all their recent success, are still willingly and repeatedly starting Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley. The Rangers, Mariners, Rays and Royals, meanwhile, all have myriad failings that make them just as shaky a bet. When a team can go 43 straight innings without scoring a run like Kansas City just did yet still remain a viable contender, you know the race isn’t a strong one.
To that end, a single move like Upton could be enough to propel the Angels into the playoffs. When every team is a flawed mess, fixing one major hole makes for a big leg up on the rest of the competition. And Upton is a true game-changer offensively, even if his career has felt like a mild disappointment given his pedigree as a former No. 1 pick. (This will be his fifth team in a decade in the majors—an oddly peripatetic career for a guy drafted first overall.) But Upton has come up short only against the expectations thrown upon him as a once-in-a-generation bat and when compared to the other stars who went behind him in the first round in 2005—Ryan Braun, Andrew McCutchen, Troy Tulowitzki.
Besides, those expectations won’t matter one lick in Orange County. All Upton has to do is take some of the weight off Trout’s (very large) shoulders and help Los Angeles get to the one-game play-in, where anything goes, and he’ll be regarded as a success. And who knows: Even the weakest wild card can pull off a postseason hot streak. Just ask Trout, whose 2014 Angels won 98 games but were swept out of the playoffs by that year’s wild-card game winners, the Royals, who made it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series before bowing out.
In the end, Upton may not be enough to get the Angels back to October. But they gave up little to get him—Long has intriguing stuff but profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter—and couldn’t afford to waste yet another MVP-caliber year from Trout. File this as a move the Angels should have made months (if not years) ago, but one that they at least made while they still had time to do so. Besides, anything that ups the chances of Trout getting into the playoffs is worthy of praise.


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