Angels Acquire Brian Moran

The Angels have acquired left-handed reliever Brian Moran from the Blue Jays in exchange for an international bonus slot, according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times. The Blue Jays had selected Moran from the Mariners in this morning's Rule 5 Draft (Twitter links). Jeff Fletcer of the Orange County Register reports that the Blue Jays will pick up $244K of international money in the deal (on Twitter).

Moran, 25, was seen as a near lock to be taken in this year's Rule 5 Draft aftr being left off the Mariners' 40-man roster. The 2009 seventh-rounder posted a strong 3.45 ERA with 12.2 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 62 2/3 innings at Triple-A Tacoma in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League last season.

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  1. mwagner26 2 years ago

    Why didn’t the Mariners just trade him?

    • Kevin Garnett 2 years ago

      Since the Blue Jays are higher in the Rule 5 Draft order. The Angels likely had their sights on Moran and made this arrangement with the Jays before their pick came up

      • mwagner26 2 years ago

        No. Before the Rule 5 Draft. I assume you can trade players that are elligible. Why not trade Moran seeing as how multiple teams were interested in him?

        • Kevin Garnett 2 years ago

          Just a guess. But in order to protect a player from the Rule 5 Draft, you have to have them on your 40-man roster. It’s possible that the teams that were interested either didn’t have a spot on their 40-man or didn’t have enough interest to make room. If either of those were the case, they would have ended up trading for him only to leave him vulnerable to the Rule 5 Draft.

          • NateW 2 years ago

            Adding him to the 40 man and being able to option the player would seem to be more useful and valuable than adding him to the 40 man with rule 5 restrictions in place.

            Chances are the Mariners see this as the best bet to retain the player. Either no one would draft him, or he could get returned. So they didn’t trade him.

    • marcus ryckman 2 years ago

      With Jepsen, Salas, Smith, Kohn, De La Rosa, Frieri as locks in the bullpen and Burnett coming back from injury …I guess Boshers or Maronde will start the season in the minors. Depending on the schedule in April with off days, Angels could go with a 13 man staff. Tons of possibilities.

  2. pastlives 2 years ago

    DId this break Miguel Olivo’s record of shortest time as a Blue Jay?

    • YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard 2 years ago

      Mike Napoli

      • JaysFan1996 2 years ago

        9:17 #Angels acquire #BlueJays Rule 5 pick, LH reliever Brian Moran.

        9:18: #Angels swap international slot money with #BlueJays for Moran

        I don’t know how you beat 1 minute

        • Karkat 2 years ago

          Wasn’t Roy Halladay’s second stint with the team essentially instantaneous?

          • mwagner26 2 years ago

            Theoretically speaking, Moran was a Blue Jay for all of 15 minutes. Roy Halladay, on a one-day contract, was a Blue Jay for 24 hours.

          • Karkat 2 years ago

            Darn, that’s a good point.

          • Aaron Dyck 2 years ago

            Halladay had a one day contract. Last time I checked one day is the same as 24 hours.

          • Karkat 2 years ago

            I wasn’t sure if he perhaps retired before the conclusion of his contract. You know…… to save the team money? xD

      • Ira Kates 2 years ago

        Mike Sirotka

      • iains 2 years ago

        Napoli was a Jay for 3 days. Olivo was under an hour.

  3. Ira Kates 2 years ago

    So this means we have a 40 man roster spot open annnnd an extra international bonus slot. Cuban IF or Japanese P?

    • Jason Williams 2 years ago

      Neither of those countries count for the international bonus pool. Good try though.

      • Ira Kates 2 years ago

        Cool, thanks for the info! I didn’t know that.

  4. abes_seed 2 years ago

    Looks good, that’s a solid K/9 rate. Anyone know anything about his pitches and his real chances of remaining on the roster? Just trying to think of who the Angels release/DFA to keep him on the 25 man roster. Especially if they sign another SP….Does Salas go? Does he have options left?

    • trenigro 2 years ago

      He’s a soft tossing (mid 80s) lefty with a deceptive arm angle. He might be able to pitch in the majors but his crazy AAA numbers won’t translate.

      • abes_seed 2 years ago

        thanks… I assume Tacoma is a hitters park too. I know Salt Lake and Colorado Springs are in the same division with them right. Those parks the ball flies…

        Weaver is a soft tossing right with deceptive arm angle as well. maybe it will work for him.

  5. Evan 2 years ago

    Since Moran was traded to the Angels, do the Rule 5 Draft rules still apply, or can he be sent to the minors now?

  6. rdillon99 2 years ago

    I wonder how often fans heckle him with “Get a brain, Moran!”

  7. Evan 2 years ago

    No they don’t apply, or no he can’t be sent down?

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