How All Of The Angels Pitchers Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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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 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.
The Starting Rotation is also in a lot better shape.
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Win-Loss %||Throws|
|2.||Clayton Kershaw (7, 26)||.6500||L|
|3.||Johan Santana (12, 35)||.6406||L|
|4.||Adam Wainwright (9, 32)||.6404||R|
|5.||Max Scherzer (7, 29)||.6397||R|
|6.||Tim Hudson (16, 38)||.6396||R|
|7.||David Price (7, 28)||.6385||L|
|8.||Jon Lester (9, 30)||.6384||L|
|9.||CC Sabathia (14, 33)||.6361||L|
|10.||Justin Verlander (10, 31)||.6255||R|
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Hector Santiago (12/16/87) SP: Is with the rotation in 2014.
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.
David Freese (4/28/83) 3B: Is with the team’s offensive lineup for the 2014 season.
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.
Jose Rondon (3/3/94) SS/3B: Signed as an International Free Agent in 2010.
Tony Campana (5/30/86) OF: Is currently in Salt Lake City playing for the Bees (PCL, AAA Affiliate).
Transaction Dates Provided by the best website in the world, http://www.baseballreference.com
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