Angels Seek Lefty Reliever

The Angels are looking around for a left-handed reliever, tweets Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.  Having committed $23MM to Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi during the 2010-11 offseason, left-handed relief is a surprising target.

During this offseason, the Angels signed righty relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Jason Isringhausen.  If they focus on a southpaw, Mike Gonzalez and Arthur Rhodes are still on the free agent market.  Matt Thornton, Will Ohman, and Sean Burnett are a few that might be available in trade, in my estimation.

Some people who talk with the Angels are convinced they'll trade designated hitter Bobby Abreu this spring, adds Knobler, and perhaps they can kill two birds with one stone.  Abreu, 38 this month, hit .253/.353/.365 last year and is owed $9MM in 2012.


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  1. Anthony 3 years ago

    Mike Gonzalez, if anyone.

  2. Bob Abreu and 30K for Matt Moore. 

  3. Matt Thornton or Mike Gonzalez would probably solidify their bullpen.

    Walden CL
    Thornton/Gonzalez SU
    Hawkins RHP
    Downs LHP
    Isringhausen RHP
    Takahashi LHP

    All but the closer would be veterans, with all of the middle relievers from 2011 going back to AAA. The more I think about it, the less surprised I am because the Angels I believe gave up 3 pitchers in the Rule 5 Draft, and had a couple more leave via Minor League free agency, AND had a number of pitchers with horrible seasons at AAA. Therefore, having a solid veteran bullpen, while putting Bell, Jepsen, Thompson, Cassevah, Rodriguez, and Kohn back at AAA, could do 3 things: A) Bring back that dominant bullpen the Angels used to have, B) Give the younger pitchers more seasoning as the veterans hold the fort, C) Create enough depth to spell injuries or a struggling reliever, and for a big mid-season trade.

    It’s still not exactly the 1990 Reds, but I like what Dipito is doing here.

  4. bigpat 3 years ago

    lolwut? 

  5. sportsnut969 3 years ago

    Indians have Raffy Perez and Tony Sipp both Bullpen Lefties and they are currently looking for a CF or LF could there be a match ???.

  6. If they were looking for a lefty reliever they should have targeted Darren Oliver. He was great for us ’07-09.

  7. Jeff 3 years ago

    Wonder what they’d offer for O’Flaherty.  Braves have a glut of relievers and some positional needs.

    • T Morgan 3 years ago

      I was kind of thinking the same thing. Maybe we could a young cost controlled OF with some pop. We might have to throw in a minor leaguer or so, but Mark Trumbo sounds appealing to me.

      • vtadave 3 years ago

        O’Flaherty was lights out last year, so not sure I see that happening.  Where would Trumbo play?

        • T Morgan 3 years ago

          I am going off straight memory (on a bus ride to game) but I had read that they were working him out at both 3B and LF. He’s young.. Cost controlled and hit 29 HRs last year.

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            Freeman > Trumbo

          • T Morgan 3 years ago

            I know where he played last year, but he did play RF some and is looking to play 3B or a corner OF. He’s a RH bat with power and young. No need to argue on freeman v. Trumbo, not even part of the discussion.

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            Trumbo hasn’t proven he can play any position besides 1B

            so how could you not include the current Braves 1B in the discussion?

          • T Morgan 3 years ago

            Because just like the Angels, I think his bat is in play. 1B isn’t open. Hence why no reason to talk about it. He had above average range at 1B, hence why the Angels are working him at 3B. And I’d rather have a guy with a proven bat.

          • Jeff 3 years ago

            Realistically, the Braves needs are a 3B or LF, and CF.

            You’d need a good propsect to get EOF.

            If I thought Morales could play LF I’d want him, but if he’s fully recovered I suspect his value would be more then EOF.  I’d consider Venters in such a situation though.

            Medlen could fill EOF or Venters role easily I think, maybe even better.

          • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

            proven bat is hitting HR’s and not doing literally anything else?

  8. Dan Schlereth for Maicer Izturis, anyone?

  9. Dennys Reyes. Ya know ya want him!

  10. Orlandojjk 3 years ago

    I’d go with Mike Gonzalez on this one. Still not sure why we need another lefty, but the more depth, the better. I still have confidence in Downs and Takahashi, but I guess adding Gonzalez would make sense too.

  11. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Why not take a flyer on Rhodes if he’s willing to sign a minor league deal? it couldn’t hurt to make him an offer. At least with Anaheim he’s got a chance to win next year and he could accept it if they made it and he has a chance to think it over.

  12. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Why not take a flyer on Rhodes if he’s willing to sign a minor league deal? it couldn’t hurt to make him an offer. At least with Anaheim he’s got a chance to win next year and he could accept it if they made it and he has a chance to think it over.

  13. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    with a sub .300 OBP ?

    who does he think he is, vernon wells?

  14. Jeff 3 years ago

    sub .300 is Alex Gonzalez territory.  Only worthwhile if you’re an elite defensive SS, not if you’re a sub-par defensive corner IF.

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