Angels, Blue Jays Swap Jeff Mathis For Brad Mills

The Angels have acquired left-hander Brad Mills from the Blue Jays for Jeff Mathis, reports Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times (on Twitter). Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported that the two sides were on the verge of a deal (all Twitter links).

Mills, 26, was the Jays' fourth round pick in 2007. He's seen time in the big leagues in each of the last three seasons, pitching to a 8.57 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 5.4 BB/9 in 48 1/3 innings spread across nine starts and five relief appearances. In 354 innings at the Triple-A level, he's posted a much more respectable 4.32 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9.

Mathis, 28, is a non-tender candidate, especially after the Halos acquired Chris Iannetta from the Rockies. He's hit a miserable .193/.245/.282 in 771 plate appearances over the last three seasons while throwing out 24.7% of attempted basestealers. Our projections have him earning $1.8MM next season if does survive the non-tender deadline.


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370 Comments on "Angels, Blue Jays Swap Jeff Mathis For Brad Mills"


bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

Another coach gets traded…  Oh wait. 

3 years 8 months ago

When I saw the headline, I thought the Astros finally decided to ditch Brad Mills. 

grant77
3 years 8 months ago

I can’t imagine this being part of a larger deal, he’s waiver fodder.

Angelgreg
3 years 8 months ago

Future headline. “Jeff Mathis, another Angels castoff catcher is having a MVP year with the Jays”  Can’t you just see this happening in the steps of Mike Napoli?

Wesley Vento
3 years 8 months ago

Except that Napoli knows what that piece of wood in his hand is used for. Mathis is allergic to maple I think. 

shockey12
3 years 8 months ago

Please be Trout

3 years 8 months ago

lol

3 years 8 months ago

Jays acquire Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout for Brad Mills.

3 years 8 months ago

Jeff Mathis, what?  Why?

Cavman_Boland
3 years 8 months ago

Because the Jays don’t have a backup catcher and Brad Mills will probably never amount to anything.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

every backup catcher alive is better than jeff mathis. he is worth nothing and was a non-tender candidate

shockey12
3 years 8 months ago

Brad Mills is also worth nothing. If you trade nothing for nothing did a trade even happen at all?

3 years 8 months ago

Mathis will get at least $1.8M, hardly “nothing”.

Cavman_Boland
3 years 8 months ago

No reason to get upset over this trade it’s insignifant

3 years 8 months ago

Most back up catchers can’t hit.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

that’s the point. even though that’s true, every backup catcher alive is still better than jeff mathis

jedicouncil
3 years 8 months ago

so every back up catcher is better defensively than mathis, because thats what he was brought in for.  i thought his manager was in love with him for his defence

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

his manager was in love with him for his defense. but his defense isn’t actually that good. there are better options left and a right

and “can’t hit” is just a threshold. there are several levels of awful and jeff mathis is the worst one

jedicouncil
3 years 8 months ago

so he is to batting what mills is to pitching, no big deal, neither one is worth anything

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

Mathis costs $1.8M. Mills costs barely anything (as a minor leaguer)

jedicouncil
3 years 8 months ago

and thats where he will stay, in the minors.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

so you’re fine with paying 1.8M for a useless player? (because that’s what Mathis is)

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

so you’re fine with paying 1.8M for a useless player? (because that’s what Mathis is)

strikethree
3 years 8 months ago

This is the same manager that started Mathis over Napoli.

I don’t know about you but I saw a great defensive catcher during the WS AND he could hit.

Zach Ripple
3 years 8 months ago

I agree with that notion. Such an overrated manager. Napoli turned into maybe the best catcher in baseball last year.

101andCounting
3 years 8 months ago

“Every backup catcher alive is better than Jeff Mathis”

Excuse me, son. Koyie Hill would like a word with you.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

drew butera is the only challenger

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 8 months ago

David Ross?

3 years 8 months ago

Seriously? I’ll flip you Mathis for Ross right now – deal?

Yankees420
3 years 8 months ago

Rene Rivera posted the worst wOBA and wRC+ of any catcher with at least 100 PA.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

boston should trade felix dobrount for him

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

this evens out the wells trade.

vilifyingforce
3 years 8 months ago

Exactly.

Sniderlover
3 years 8 months ago

Terrible for terrible!

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

and finally the other shoe drops from last year’s wells trade. AA was to owe a biiig favor sometime in the next year … and now he has to take jeff “225” mathis

3 years 8 months ago

.225 is being generous.

vilifyingforce
3 years 8 months ago

That’s his OBP.

3 years 8 months ago

Yeah but remember how awesome he was a couple years ago in the playoffs, I think it was against Boston?  Doubles everywhere, man.  That’s gotta be good for a 3-5 year contract somewhere, the man is a star waiting for the right team.

-S. Boras

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

He is probably out floating that same pipe dream ATM for his other FA catcher Varitek….

3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, right. Just like Brandon Wood.

He’s perfect for a 2nd or 3rd catcher, can fill in as a capable defensive guy. That’s about it.

oops, didn’t see the S Boras sigh, lol.

cyberboo
3 years 8 months ago

Mathis replaces an old Jose Molina that can’t hold a candle to Mathis defensively.  Anyone watching Molina running to the back stop every game for passed balls, or just missing them completely with his glove isn’t upset he is gone.  Mathis is only 28, not 38 and who knows what could happen.  He could very easily turn into the Napoli of 2012, which I’m sure would really get Angels fans upset.  lol.  Brad Mills was useless when they obtained him, while they had him, and is still useless after they traded him.  At least Mathis will back up Arencibia in the majors until D’Arnaud is ready.  If Mills makes it to triple A, that will be a major accomplishment in his life.  The majors, a dream he has, unless all four starters are injured in Los Angeles.  Mills was the Jays Jeff Mathis and all we can do is wish him success in new surroundings. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

– by every metric available, molina is better than mathis defensively

– brad mills was a top 10 organizational prospect with the jays

– brad mills already made it to triple-A, where he’s pitched the last three seasons

– you just suggested mathis, the worst hitter in the world with no offensive skills whatsoever, “could very easily turn into the napoli of 2012″

leave and never come back

Fstuffup
3 years 8 months ago

Almost 27 years old and even close to top ten are you sure you know anything about the jays? Mathis isn’t good but would you rather jaloman or whatever his name is

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

he was the #6 (or #8) prospect just two seasons ago. he has underperformed in AAA since then but is by no means worthless

the choice isn’t mathis or jeroloman. it’s mathis or any of dozens of backup catchers in baseball. they’re all better than mathis and all cost less

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

to be fair, when mills was top 10 the jays farm system was bottom 3 in the league..

its a puzzlying move because really giving up anything for mathis is just plain weird, but having seen mills in new hampshire, vegas and toronto, I can safely say his ceiling is the guy you put in right before you ask a position player to pitch.

that being said, getting anything back for mathis is a win, even if toronto had sent a corpse to LA.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

it’s not a big mistake by any stretch of the imagination. what’s turned into a big deal is the fact that many jays fans can’t even admit that it’s a small one

i don’t think mills is quite as bad as you say, but at least you’ve got the rest of it right

you should have shown up earlier. this was a trade everyone should have had a laugh at and moved on. instead i was inundated with the kind of homer derp i am used to hearing from sox fans

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

to be fair, I’m not trying to rationalize the trade. I would have said the same thing about mills yesterday. I hate the trade.. not because we gave up mills, but because I might actually go to a game where Jeff Mathis is in a jays uniform..

No one should care that we gave up mills, but jays fans should be concerned that we brought in mathis.

really really really concerned.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

you are an upgrade over jeff mathis. time to try out

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

they should trade farrell to the red sox. and then call up sal fasano to be a player manager.

win.

mkl_nyn
3 years 8 months ago

LHP ‘Mills was a top 10 prospect…’
Any MLB C/Most MiLB Cs > Jeroloman/Mathis
Therefore Mills/half btl Chacin Cologne > Mathis

Shawnthemon
3 years 8 months ago

Brad Mills as a top 10 jays prospect? thats really funny, not in the top 30, Mills pitches the ball at a speed of 86 MPH, he is a AAAA player, the only reason why we got Mathis is for defense and to help some of the young pitchers, I have never personally watch Mathis play, I know everyone calls him awful and are probably right, but we are talking about 80-100 ABS here, he is a backup, I don’t know about anyone else here, but I am ok with this trade.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

WAS. RTFC.

Bluejaysnation
3 years 8 months ago

P.S…That was when Toronto had no prospects. Mills is no longer and hasn’t been a prospect for a couple of years.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

yes, i remember reading that in several of the comments i wrote

Bluejaysnation
3 years 8 months ago

Thats interesting!!

cyberboo
3 years 8 months ago

You are a joke.  If you knew anything at all, people might take you seriously.  The highest Mills ever got was tenth and that was back when the Jays had the 28th worst minors system in baseball.  He was ranked 30th at the time of the trade or a drop of 20 spots.  I was being sarcastic about Mathis, but you don’t understand that, because you live to attack others that possess more knowledge about baseball in our little finger than you do your whole body.  When you learn respect, perhaps you will actually shut up and learn something from fans that have followed the game for over fifty years.  Just an FYI, but I couldn’t care less about sabermetrics.  I watch the games and form opinions from actually watching the players live.  I don’t need a stats geek trying to justify their own opinions, which are wrong 10 times out of 10.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

is there are a reason you’re talking about sabermetrics? settle down sandy and enjoy the links below with mills in the top 10

this is the fourth factual error in two comments i’ve corrected for you. you may have forgotten more than i’ll ever learn, but there doesn’t seem to be anything you can accurately remember at this point

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

“WATCH THE GAME, NERDS”

Automatic response to stat-based arguments.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

“WATCH THE GAME, NERDS”

Automatic response to stat-based arguments.

Tammy Rainey
3 years 8 months ago

Who lied to you? Brad Mills isn’t a top 30 prospect any more and never was in the Top 10.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago
grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 You are delusional , and need help Immediately.

Sincerely, Logical Jays fans.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 8 months ago

really? Are you really going to try to spin this? Really? It’s jeff freaking mathis.

3 years 8 months ago

that makes no sense. Mathis could be non-tendered at any point, and if Mills was the “favor” than trading him for cash (like $10?) could have accomplished that.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

well there goes that very serious theory. well done

BVHjays
3 years 8 months ago

Great trade for the Angels. Obviously ridding themselves of Mathis is nice, and if Mills is going to succeed anywhere, it will be on a team where he has Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos behind him in the outfield.

3 years 8 months ago

mike scioscia is crying himself to sleep

Frank Drebin
3 years 8 months ago

AA teh geniuz!!1!1

3 years 8 months ago

Just think… You guys passed up Mike Napoli last year, and now you’re stuck with Jeff Mathis! Haha, at least he’s a decent catcher though, still a good trade.

vilifyingforce
3 years 8 months ago

Better then being stuck with Vernon Wells.

kwiell
3 years 8 months ago

That’s going to be the go-to answer from now (or, heck, last season) until the end of Vernon Wells’ albatross contract. And, that doesn’t make it any less true.

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

Uhmmm…didn’t Phillies also pass up on Napoli last year?  Surely, Phillies could have offered more than Frank Francisco.  Passing up on Napoli probably cost Phils a trip to World Series.  Didn’t cost Jays anything.  Besides, Travis D’Arnaud will soon be catching for Jays.

3 years 8 months ago

What use did the Phillies have of Napoli going into this year?

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

About the same use as Blue Jays.

mozelpuffski
3 years 8 months ago

what frank gave us post all star break was much needed plus a draft pick for loss of him if he doesnt resign in addition to the pick molina nets and the need for maybe one season of mathis (maybe less if d’arnaud continues ripping it) for a pitcher that is finesse and wont crack our lineup. was a couple of well calculated moves. mathis will provide what is needed. a break here and there for aaron cibia while providing our young staff confidence he can block a ball.

just saying: napoli was passed up for a reason and everyone gained. well rangers and bjs at least.

Cavman_Boland
3 years 8 months ago

Didn’t know Jeff Mathis was a credible source for rumours….

clydefrog13
3 years 8 months ago

Jeff Mathis is more a source of anguish or humor to Angels fans.  In this case, it is a source of relief.

Cavman_Boland
3 years 8 months ago

Fair enough. Doubt he’ll catch very many innings though.

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

Too funny…fans using the backup catcher as their scapegoat. 

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 8 months ago

I suddenly have a strange feeling that Mathis will have a break out season next year.

FamousGrouse
3 years 8 months ago

Canadian health care is better.

aa
3 years 8 months ago

He’ll manage to hit above .220?

3 years 8 months ago

That strange feeling you’re having, it’s called having a stroke…

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah I don’t

BVHjays
3 years 8 months ago

Wishful thinking: In theory, Jeff Mathis is still a non-tender candidate if the Jays can find a better backup option this week. Mills was likely to come off the 40-man at some point this offseason anyways.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

more realistically, anthopolous couldn’t get anyone to talk trades with him this offseason because of the reputation he’s developed. he did this deal so that GMs will take his calls again

vilifyingforce
3 years 8 months ago

You mean like Texas and St.Louis?

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

haha…I believe there is something to your statement.  But, there is merit to what @bringvottohome said.  IMO, Brad Mills was going to be off the 40-man roster by January because of transactions.  He doesn’t fit into Jays plans for their 25-man roster and is out of optional assignments.  Jeff Mathis is simply an upgrade to Brian Jeroloman who was the “fall back” plan for backup catcher.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

jeff mathis is not an upgrade to anything though. and even if he were, he was going to be non-tendered and could have been signed without giving anything up

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

So…true…Jays didn’t have anything in place for backup catcher.  But, I get your point on the non-tender part.  Was AA simply dumb or just doing Angels a favour on this deal?

3 years 8 months ago

jerolman probably would have been better

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Interesting point and why was wondering no interest in Shoppach over this guy.

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

Doubt Mathis is Plan A for backup catcher…probably a fall-back option if other deals don’t work out.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

maybe they just want him for vegas??

have some arms moving up there, may need a veteran presence to make sure they  dont go nuts in sin city

this is ofcourse made up and wishful thinking

pastlives
3 years 8 months ago

omg no

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 8 months ago

Texas must want Mathis, so they are going to get him from the jays for a reliver again!

All joking aside tho, Mathis is probably the back up catcher with J.P. Arencibia starting.

BVHjays
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, of course. Anthopoulos had said recently that they expect Arencibia to catch the vast majority of games. Assuming Arencibia stays healthy, Mathis probably only starts 30 games or so. If Arencibia’s out for any prolonged time, Travis d’Arnaud probably gets called up for the starters job.

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

haha that was funny and both you and @bringvottohome summed it up correctly.

Christopher McElroy
3 years 8 months ago

Jeff Mathis… The next Jose Bautista.

3 years 8 months ago

Jeff Mathis confirmed for .300 BA with .450 OBP and 50+ HR.

Christopher McElroy
3 years 8 months ago

His slugging% next year will be higher than his OPS this year by atleast 100 points.

3 years 8 months ago

and 28 free passes from the other teams.

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

Lol Jeff Mathis. Now the Blue Jays get stuck with a player they hate after giving them the gift that keeps on giving (Wells).

I guess he fits the role of a defensive backup, but will they rework his contract?? 

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

he could be a solid bullpen catcher

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

or there CC(Closing Catcher)

SouthPawRyno
3 years 8 months ago

*Crap Catcher

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

No he is very good defensively and he makes pitchers ERA go down.Blue Jays have a very great catcher

SouthPawRyno
3 years 8 months ago

I’m suprised you would think that, since you want Salmon to be the coach, and not scioscia

Salmon4Coach
3 years 8 months ago

That was sarcasm btw and i love Mike wouldn’t want Salmon to replace him..My name is so he can be the Angels new Hitters coach..I want Salmon to be coach over Hatcher.. sorry for the misunderstanding  

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

How can you be “stuck” with a one-year contract?

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

Also, I have to give a lot of credit to the Angels GM thus far, his name is escaping me. He took a glaring weakness and addressed it quickly, and replaced one pitching prospect (Chatwood) with Mills who is probably just as good, for a guy they were going to non-tender. Their fans should be impressed, he is playing this much better than Reagins ever could. 

mlbscout6
3 years 8 months ago

Dipoto, and yes i agree he has been excellent so far.

3 years 8 months ago

I’ve been impressed with Dipoto so far and I don’t think it’s fair to even begin judging the man until after next season.

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 8 months ago

Chatwood still has plenty of promise, Mills doesn’t show anything special in 3 years beyond double-A as far as stats. Give him credit for getting Ianetta, a better compromise of offense and defense, but he’s only under team control for one year and Chatwood could turn out to be a quality starter who is under control for another 6 years.

Tbell16
3 years 8 months ago

The Angels and Iannetta are working on a contract extension

3 years 8 months ago

The key word here is “could.” There is absolutely no guarantee that Chatwood is a sure thing and while I understand your argument that the Angels could control him for 6 years as opposed to 1 with Iannetta, Dipoto had to give up something to get something and the trade market for catchers is weak.

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

Yep….solid moves by Angels GM.  Upgrades talent while controlling salary costs.  Ianetta salary shows you type of value they place on these players.

Bluejaysnation
3 years 8 months ago

Good deal for both sides.

3 years 8 months ago

Good trade. Mills wasn’t going to stay on the 40 Man Roster and the Jays needed a backup catcher after Molina signed in Tampa…

3 years 8 months ago

Jeroloman may have no experience but he is superior defensively.

vilifyingforce
3 years 8 months ago

Jeroloman’s 9 error’s last season would like a word with you…

renegadeisback
3 years 8 months ago

Lol errors. Good one.

vilifyingforce
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks. Unless that guy watches Las Vegas on a regular basis it means about as much.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

 omg 9 errors????

he should totally quit baseball

lol

vilifyingforce
3 years 8 months ago

You missed it.

Sniderlover
3 years 8 months ago

He threw out 15% of the runners last season. 

johnsmith4
3 years 8 months ago

Jeroloman’s only value are his two remaining seasons of optional assignments.  This makes him a backup to the backup.  D’Arnaud most likely gets called up to start if Arencibia ever gets injured and placed on the DL.

SouthPawRyno
3 years 8 months ago

A guy who threw out 15% of batters last year?  Certainly superior defensively!