By releasing (Instead of Designating For Assignment) Justin Speier, the Angels made it easier for the veteran relief pitcher to sign on with another team more quickly.
The Angels owe him almost $7 million for the rest of this season and next, minus the major league minimum salary he would be paid by any team that signs him as a free agent, the status he now holds.
Justin Speier as an Angel
8 - 13, 4.39 ERA
158 IP (ranks 114th all-time Angels out of 390 pitchers)
685 Batters Faced (also ranks 114th in franchise history)
149 Hits, 77 ER, 142 Ks, 54 BB