Angels To Sign Mark Mulder

TODAY, 1:25pm: Mulder's deal includes no guaranteed money, tweets Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. He will have to make the opening day roster to guarantee his $1MM base, and must stay active and in the rotation for the full season to reach the $6MM in incentives, according to Fletcher.

YESTERDAY, 6:36pm: Mark Mulder has agreed to a minor league deal with a big league invite with the Angels, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (on Twitter).  The veteran, who is represented by Brian Charles of Big League Management Company, LLC, can earn more than $6MM if all incentives are met, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.  The deal comes with a guaranteed $1MM base salary, tweets Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Mulder

Mulder, 36, hasn't pitched since 2008 because of shoulder issues, and has been working as an analyst with ESPN since 2011.  Mulder began his comeback in Arizona in November and auditioned for the Giants, Diamondbacks, and numerous other clubs before reaching agreement with the Halos.  In nine seasons with the Athletics and Cardinals, Mulder owns a 4.18 ERA with 5.7 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.

The veteran will get an opportunity to compete for a starting job while also training near his home in the Phoenix area, tweets Crasnick.  The Halos have Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson atop the rotation, with Joe Blanton, Garrett Richards, and lefties Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago also in the rotation mix.  The agreement with Mulder shouldn't preclude them in their pursuit of Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka or Matt Garza.  The baseball world will be rooting for Mulder, who last pitched in '08 and hasn't spent a full season as a starter since '05.

While it's a minor league deal, Mulder's agent won't commit to the left-hander actually pitching in the minors. "Mark will evaluate that if and when the time comes," Charles told Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register (via Twitter).

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.  Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe first reported that Mulder was nearing agreement with the Angels.


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97 Comments on "Angels To Sign Mark Mulder"


1 year 7 months ago

Who needs Tanaka when you can have Mulder? Unlike Tanaka, Mulder has proven that he can pitch in the big leagues. Where was Tanaka in 03?

David Cosgrove
1 year 7 months ago

not sure if srs

1 year 7 months ago

They’ve already got 3 players from the 2001 playoffs in Pujols, Ibanez, and Mulder. Now they can sign Freddy Garcia, Barry Zito, trade for Ichiro, and call it an offseason.

GrilledCheese39
1 year 7 months ago

Is it bad that I can actually see them making those moves? Hahaha

letsgogiants
1 year 7 months ago

Zito is trying to come back next year, and right now he is surfing in So-Cal, so I wouldn’t be totally shocked to see Zito sign with them.

Jose Ochoa
1 year 7 months ago

Its funny how people have jokes

Originalop
1 year 7 months ago

That’s the point of jokes..

Jose Ochoa
1 year 7 months ago

Aren’t you smart I bet you learned that in 2014

Originalop
1 year 7 months ago

That was painful to read..

Jose Ochoa
1 year 7 months ago

how painful? from a 1-10

Originalop
1 year 7 months ago

That’s the point of jokes..

Eddie Millhauser
1 year 7 months ago

Tanaka was 15 lolol

hediouspb
1 year 7 months ago

Middle school

Luke DeSando
1 year 7 months ago

Highschool

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

Mariners could use a Tanaka, Garza, or Jimenez (if still available) as second or third starting pitcher.

vtadave
1 year 7 months ago

(Insert one of the 29 other teams here) could use those guys as well, particularly as #2 or #3 starters.

jsprague
1 year 7 months ago

Wow, never thought of that before. Did you think of that just now?

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

Mariners could use a Tanaka, Garza, or Jimenez (if still available) as second or third starting pitcher.

John C. Reilly
1 year 7 months ago

Can’t imagine a scenario where he makes the big league roster.

Cabro Epico
1 year 7 months ago

Right, with that superb rotation the Angels have

John C. Reilly
1 year 7 months ago

Mulder hasn’t pitched a full season since 2005

LooksEasyOnTV
1 year 7 months ago

The Astros were still good then. . .

GrilledCheese39
1 year 7 months ago

Well it could be worse, Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton could still be in it.

X Marks the Spot
1 year 7 months ago

Ken Bottenfield or Oil Can Boyd would be a better option than those two.

Melvin McMurf
1 year 7 months ago

point taken

RyanWKrol
1 year 7 months ago

Bullpen maybe? If he accepts that.

Raysfan77
1 year 7 months ago

Angles got promising arms In that three team deal but there rotation still is far from competitive right now, nice veteran pick up.

Jose Ochoa
1 year 7 months ago

I still think their going hard on tanaka or garza…. Its gonna be a much improved rotation and their actually going to have a first round pick so not bad well c how everything works out

WazBazbo
1 year 7 months ago

Do I assume properly that the $1 million base salary guarantee only applies if he makes the big league team?

Huff's dog
1 year 7 months ago

Bad deal if he makes the team. 1 million base salary? He hasnt pitched since 2008!!! That plus up to 6 million with incentives? I guess it depends on how easy they are to hit, but either way Mulder should have only gotten a minor league deal and the mlb minumum if he made the team.

RyanWKrol
1 year 7 months ago

It is a minor league deal and there’s never any harm in moves like this. I’s only $1 million and if he makes the squad that means he earned it.

Leykis
1 year 7 months ago

He hasn’t pitched since 2008 but still an upgrade over Blanton.

RyanWKrol
1 year 7 months ago

My grandma is an upgrade over Blanton.

WazBazbo
1 year 7 months ago

What would it take to sign her?

letsgogiants
1 year 7 months ago

Not 15 million, that’s for sure.

WazBazbo
1 year 7 months ago

So, say, 5/45 and she’s in the rotation?

brstreet9
1 year 7 months ago

If Boras is her agent, she will sign right before spring training with a 5/60 and a no-trade. Don’t discount the “mystery” team.

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

And sadly he won’t even make as much as Blanton, even if he hits all of his incentives

Blue387
1 year 7 months ago

A tee-ball tee might be an upgrade over Joe Blanton.

letsgogiants
1 year 7 months ago

I read this at first as a “tree-ball tree” and still agreed.

0vercast
1 year 7 months ago

Just watch…Blanton has a suburb bounce-back year in preparation for his next contract. That’s often how it goes.

D.j. Wilson
1 year 7 months ago

Huddy to the Giants and Muldy to the Angels. All our guys are joining sworn enemies. Your move, Zito. Texas maybe?

Karkat
1 year 7 months ago

The most harmful thing Barry Zito could do would be to go back to Oakland

D.j. Wilson
1 year 7 months ago

Couldn’t have said it better myself

RyanWKrol
1 year 7 months ago

Not a bad idea at all. Low risk. Wonder if he accepts a AAA assignment if he doesn’t make the squad. My biggest (realistic) hope is that he accepts a role in their bullpen if he has to. That idea intrigues me the most about this signing. They can deepen their bullpen even more with this move. We’ll see.

WazBazbo
1 year 7 months ago

If he’ll agree to go to the bullpen, it becomes a potentially terrific move.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 7 months ago

The deal comes with a guaranteed $1MM base salary… why may I ask?
That’s a lot of cheese for someone who hasn’t pitched really since 2005.
I dunno! Heck though, I am interested to see what he has in the tank.
Maybe he feels if Colon can do it, why can’t he (Mulder).

RyanWKrol
1 year 7 months ago

I’m drawing a blank on how many players have come back from a 5 year hiatus.

MetsMagic
1 year 7 months ago

Besides Minnie Minoso and Satchel Paige, I believe Jose Rijo tried a comeback around 10 years ago.

disadvantage
1 year 7 months ago

That he did (Jose Rijo). And he did it while throwing low 80’s after three Tommy Johns and virtually no ligament in his arm.

WazBazbo
1 year 7 months ago

Jim Bouton retired in 1970, and logged 29 innings for Atlanta in 1978. He was far from amazing, but I suppose it qualifies as a comeback, since he did pitch in the majors.

John Donovan
1 year 7 months ago

Jim Palmer tried it for the Orioles after he had been elected to the Hall of Fame. I think it was a year after he was enshrined, but he never made it out of Spring Training.

Either way, this is my favorite story of the offseason by far. If it works, great it is a terrific story…if not, then nobody loses anything and we get a chance to say goodbye to one of the best pitchers of the early 2000s. It kind of reminds me of Ben Sheets coming back with the Braves a couple of years back.

Chris Coulter
1 year 7 months ago

Dave Stieb did as well.

JJ
1 year 7 months ago

WOW so he going to be a SP or RP.

HalosFan8
1 year 7 months ago

I think he’d really only be a SP, unless he can’t gain back his stamina.

JJ
1 year 7 months ago

i agree, that why im confuse with the 6MM incentives for a LRP.

pft2
1 year 7 months ago

It would be an interesting story if he comes back strong, simply because it is so improbable. Hope he does it though. If he does, I might start warming up and try to be the first 56 yo rookie of the year,

BraveCrowe
1 year 7 months ago

Has anyone heard anything about velocity? Dude obviously knows how to pitch… I’m just curious to see what kind of zip is on the ball.

HalosFan8
1 year 7 months ago

Fastball touched 92 in his early showings this winter

HalosFan8
1 year 7 months ago

This is a risk free move for the Angels. They’re not sure how the bullpen and rotation are going to shore up, so why not create some more competition with a solid vet/retiree that can only benefit the team, whether on the field or in the clubhouse during Spring Training. Lots of LH options for the pen and rotation, but it’s not likely that Blanton starts. Richards should finally get a full season of being a SP, but knowing Sciosch we could see him back in the pen. And if nothing works out with Mulder, we didn’t lose anything. If he makes the team, he is a cheap, veteran guy who has to earn the dollars agreed on, besides the $1 mil.

AceGunderson
1 year 7 months ago

Don’t forget Mark Mulder!

Joe Valenti
1 year 7 months ago

He’s automatically higher on the depth chart then Joe Blanton. Surprised he settled for anything less then 2 years $14M

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 7 months ago

Angels digging into the eX Files to bring Mulder into ST.

1 year 7 months ago

It will be interesting to see what Mark Mulder has if anything in the left arm.
As I understand it, he (Mulder) was covering the Dodgers and Cardinals on the Radio this past postseason and saw something in Paco Rodriguez’s delivery that he wanted to mimic. Supposedly, Mulder returned to his hotel room and repeats Paco’s delivery in the mirror and experiences no pain in his throwing shoulder. Later in the offseason he and Kyle Lohse play catch at a family party

1 year 7 months ago

Lohse told Mulder that he had movement and velocity. Mulder than calls a scout and he throws for three MLB teams. He was said to have throw 88-91 with “run” and didn’t suffer any setbacks after throwing.

Luke DeSando
1 year 7 months ago

I guess he couldn’t find a spot on the Phillies/Yankees.

BRigney61
1 year 7 months ago

Yanks felt, that at 36, he would lower the average age of their roster.