How All Of The Angels Pitchers Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree Shows A Nice Year Revamp!

Jered Weaver

How All Of The Angels Pitchers Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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The Angels management had to look back on the 2013 Relief Core – and worry about their long term future.  This was because not one guy had a decent year, and most guys were well north of 4 ERA’s.

Jerry DiPoto has rapid fired a bunch of trades and signings since then, to solidify a great Bullpen it was once a late inning disaster waiting to happen on a nightly basis.

So how did he accomplish this?  What assets did he give out in order to make it happen?

The 1st domino to fall was signing Joe Smith to a 3 year deal as the team’s primary set up man for Ernesto Frieri.

After that it was the David Freese deal – in which Reliever Fernando Salas came with him from the NL champion St. Louis Cardinals for Randal Grichuk and Peter Bourjos.

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The squad did not start off on fire, and a lot of the blame could be doled out Frieri’s way with early Blown Saves and a brutal 6.39 ERA.  That is when the Angels GM became really aggressive,

He dealt Frieri (who had a great deal of Team control ability) away for the last year of Jason Grilli.  This was a risk because the former Pirates Closer hasn’t looked like his vintage 2013 self at this point in the campaign, but he worked out just fine for the Halo’s.

A few weeks later, Joe Thatcher was brought to Los Angeles for former 11th and 12th RD Draft Picks.  While Thatcher hasn’t fared well as of yet, he has a proven track record, and has been on the DL with a sprained ankle.

Bringing the lefty in comes without much risk, and he should be able to help them in the final couple of weeks of the year, and namely the playoffs.

The last card to fall was trading for proven Closer Huston Street.  The man hadn’t yielded a run in his time with Los Angeles until yesterdays defeat to the Rangers.

Street still has registered 9 Saves in 10 chances – while holding just a 1.50 ERA and 1.000 WHIP thus far in 12 IP.  His career ERA in the AL is just 2.82.

The best part about this guy is that he is also signed for next year (the team will surely pick up his 2015 Team Option of $7 MIL.

Kevin Jepsen and Mike Morin represent the Relief Core of guys drafted from within.  Jepsen is night and day away from his 2013 campaign where he featured a 4.50 ERA, as he his operating at a 2.09 mark this season, and leads the league in Appearances with 60.

The squad actually sent down Michael Kohn this year, despite him having a decent ERA of just over 3 in the Majors through May.

Cory Rasmus was acquired last year for former bullpen arm Scott Downs ( who was signed to a 3 year deal with Halo’s).  The younger players has outperformed Downs this year quite handily.

The new wave of late inning arms is helping everyone to forget the fiasco of what the signings of Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett have brought forth,

The Starting Rotation is also in a lot better shape.

Jered Weaver is as solid as ever.  If you don’t believe me, check out the fact he is the active win percentage leader in the MLB.  You can’t be a pedestrian chucker and own this honor.

Garrett Richards is another club draft selection.  Tyler Skaggs was to before the team traded him away for Dan Haren, (who failed expectations in Orange County for sure.

At least you were able to re-acquire Skaggs in the Mark Trumbo deal, as the big RHB/DH has been notably replaced by C.J. Cron and Kole Calhoun.  It is too bad that Skaggs went out for the year with Tommy John Surgery.

Matt Shoemaker has stepped up in the Rotation admirably to fill the void left by Hector Santiago 1st, then Skaggs.  Shoemaker was also drafted by the squad.

Speaking of Hector Santiago, he was part of the 3 way trade too with Arizona and the Chicago White Sox.

So far, all of these 6 starters have made all 122 team starts, giving the club a major league leading .590 Win Percentage.

As far as the players gone from this Roster Tree of Pitchers, none should burn the franchise.  Patrick Corbin is out with TJ Surgery like Skaggs, and Mark Trumbo has been hurt the majority of the year.

Yest Trumbo still has 2 years left of team control, however there was no spot for him with Josh Hamilton, Albert Pujols, Cron and Calhoun all eating up spots.

There about 9 Minor League players that have been traded for some of these guys. but none are can’t miss prospects.  The Padres receiving 4 of these said players might come back later to bite them, but that is a cost of doing business.

The Angels are stacked to win right now, with Hamilton and Pujols not becoming younger, and with Mike Trout in his full prime.  You also have a nice secondary cast of inexpensive entry-level players and quality veterans performing to their own deals.

At least for this year so far, the team that was once envisioned by the current brass, is fulfilling its talent base.  Dipoto has come a long way in the last 8 months as a GM.


For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.

It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.

It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.


The Pitchers In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree


Garrett Richards (5/27/88) SP;  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (42nd pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.


Jered Weaver (10/4/82) SP:  Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2004 amateur draft.


C.J. Wilson (11/18/80) SP; December 8, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 5 YRs/$77.5 MIL.


Tyler Skaggs (7/13/91) SP:  December 10, 2013: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Chicago White Sox sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Chicago White Sox sent a player to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent a player to be named later and Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent A.J. Schugel (minors) (December 13, 2013) to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the trade. The Chicago White Sox sent Brandon Jacobs (minors) (December 13, 2013) to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete the trade.

Mark Trumbo (1/16/86) OF/1B/DH:  Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 18th round of the 2004 amateur draft.

Hector Santiago (12/16/87) SP:  Is with the rotation in 2014.

A.J. Schugel (6/27/89) P;  Drafted the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 25th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft

August 7, 2010: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent Tyler Skaggs to the Arizona Diamondbacks to complete an earlier deal made on July 25, 2010. July 25, 2010: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sent a player to be named later, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and Joe Saunders to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Dan Haren.

Dan Haren (9/17/80) SP;  November 2, 2012: Granted Free Agency.

Joe Saunders (6/16/81) SP:  Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.

Patrick Corbin (7/19/89) SP:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2nd round of the 2009 amateur draft.

Rafael Rodriguez (9/14/84) P:  Signed by the Anaheim Angels as an amateur free agent in 2001.


Matt Shoemaker (9/27/86) SP:  Signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as an amateur free agent in 2008.


Joe Smith (3/22/84) RP:  November 27, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 3 YRs/$15.75 MIL.


Kevin Jepsen (7/26/84) RP:  Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 2nd round of the 2002 amateur draft.


Mike Morin (5/3/91) RP:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 13th round of the 2012 amateur draft.


Jason Grilli (11/11/76) RP:  June 27, 2014: Traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Ernesto Frieri.

Ernesto Frieri (7/19/85) RP: May 3, 2012: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach.

Alexi Amarista (4/6/89) OF/2B/3B: Signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as an amateur free agent in 2007.

Donn Roach (12/14/89) RP:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 3rd round of the 2010 amateur draft.


Fernando Salas (5/30/85) RP:  November 22, 2013: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals with David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk.

David Freese (4/28/83) 3B:  Is with the team’s offensive lineup for the 2014 season.

Peter Bourjos (3/31/87) OF:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft.

Randal Grichuk (8/13/91) OF/PH:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.


Huston Street (8/2/83) CL:  July 19, 2014: Traded by the San Diego Padres with Trevor Gott (minors) to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for R.J. Alvarez (minors), Taylor Lindsey (minors), Elliot Morris (minors) and Jose Rondon (minors).

Trevor Gott (8/26/92) RP:  Is currently pitching with AA affiliate Arkansas.

R.J. Alvarez (6/8/91) P:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 3rd round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft

Taylor Lindsey (12/2/91) 2B: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (37th) of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft

Elliot Morris (4/26/92) P:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 4th round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft

Jose Rondon (3/3/94) SS/3B:  Signed as an International Free Agent in 2010.


Joe Thatcher (10/4/81) RP:  July 5, 2014: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Tony Campana to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Zach Borenstein (minors) and Joey Krehbiel (minors).

Tony Campana (5/30/86) OF:  Is currently in Salt Lake City playing for the Bees (PCL, AAA Affiliate).

Zach Borenstein (7/23/90) P:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 23rd round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Joey Krehbiel (12/20/92) RP:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 12th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.


Michael Kohn (6/36/86) RP: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft.


Cory Rasmus (11/6/87) RP:  July 29, 2013: Traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Scott Downs.

Scott Downs (3/17/76) RP: December 10, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 3 YRs/$15 MIL.


Cam Bedrosian (10/2/91) RP:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (29th pick) of the 2010 amateur draft.


 Transaction Dates Provided by the best website in the world, http://www.baseballreference.com

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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