As one Angels person said recently, they've got a mess on their hands, and it's not going to be easy to fix it.
They would like to get started this week.
As Jon Heyman wrote Saturday, the Angels have now moved strongly towards selling. Left-hander Scott Downs is very available, but the Angels will listen on Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar and others, sources confirmed Sunday night.
The Angels lost three of four to the first-place A's over the weekend, and also found out that Albert Pujols will likely miss the rest of the season because of the foot problem that has bothered him all season. The Angels are now 13 games behind the A's and 8½ games out of a wild-card spot; the website coolstandings.com gives them only a 2.5 percent chance at making the playoffs.
Aybar and Kendrick are both signed to long-term contracts, with Kendrick due about $24 million through 2015 and Aybar owed about $30 million through 2016. Kendrick has a limited no-trade clause.
The Angels' willingness to listen even on them indicates that beyond simply acknowledging they're not going to win this year, they realize that they have a flawed roster that will require work to build a contender for next year and beyond. They obviously need to build a better rotation, and it's a safe bet that they'll be looking for major-league ready starting pitching in any deal.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo was the first to suggest that Kendrick and Aybar could be available.