Either Tony Reagins relishes in the belief that when it comes to relief pitchers “the more the merrier” or he suffers from OCD. Another trading day, another left-handed relief pitcher. Today, the Angels signed left-handed reliever Scott Downs to a three-year contract at five million per year. Last week, lefty Hisanori Takahashi joined the Angels roster after agreeing to a two-year, eight-million dollar deal. The problem now is that the number of arms in the Angels bullpen would challenge a gaggle of octopuses.
Let’s review the list of Angels relief pitchers. This list includes those relief pitchers currently under contract or those that were under contract last season. For the sake of keeping it realistic, I did not include minor-league prospects such as Bobby Mosebach.
1. Trevor Bell - unknown
2. Jason Bulger - 10:$0.4M
3. Bobby Cassevah - unknown
4. Scott Downs - --- 11:$5.0M 12:$5.0M 13:$5.0M
5. Kevin Jepsen - 10:$0.4M
6. Michael Kohn - unknown
7. Matt Palmer - 10:$0.4M
8. Fernando Rodney - 10:$5.5M 11:$5.5M
9. Francisco Rodriguez- unknown
10. Hisanori Takahashi- --- 11:$3.8M 12:$4.2M
11. Rich Thompson - unknown
12. Jordan Walden - unknown
Obviously, something’s gotta give. In all likelihood only seven of the twelve listed players will survive the cut down to a 25-man roster. Some may be non-tendered, one or two may be traded, or a few possibly sent packing back to the minors.
A lot has changed since my previous post “So, Who Makes Your 6-Man Angels Bullpen Roster” (10/11/10). The prospects are many but the available positions are few. Prognosticating which relievers make the 25-man roster come April 2011 may prove to be difficult. Hopefully, Reagins has a well thought-out plan for his bloated bullpen - a strategy that will help us snatch Beltre and a few other non-pitcher players.