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Looking Up: Angels Sign Scott Downs

As I type this, lefty relief pitcher Scott Downs is in Anaheim taking his physical to complete the signing of his three year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He should be good to go on the Pirates of the Caribbean by 5 PM Pacific Time.

UPDATE: Eric Kay of the Angels Media Dept. confirms that Downs has passed his physical. He's an Angel.

As reported here on Halos Heaven by The Limey, the contract will pay him $5 million per year, but with a Games-Finished bonus he can make as much as $16 million on this deal. The chances that the Angels pursue closer Rafael Soriano are likely now extinguished. The news broke with Ken Rosenthal on twitter.

Scott Downs turns 35 on St. Patrick's Day (Robb Quinlan 's birthday as well). He put up a 0.995 WHIP and 2.69 ERA in 61+ IP in 2010 with Toronto.

Speculation: The Angels are loading up on bullpen veterans because the WInter metings revealed interest in their young bullpen arms and they will be trading young relief talent for a bat soon. Michael Kohn and 100-MPH-wonder-arm Jordan Walden might be the ticket to bringing in a haul.