In a case of addition by subtraction, the Angels removed two pitchers from their 40-Man roster: Loek Van Mil and Francisco Rodriguez (aka Wolverine) and added Shorstop Jean Segura and three pitchers to the pool of immediately available talent. The three arms were Johnny Hellweg, Fabio Martinez and Ariel Pena, all righthanders.
Van Mil came over to the Angels from Minnesota in the Brian Fuentes trade and is considered by many to be a potential Randy Johnosnesque late bloomer. Frankie-Two pitched about league average in a low leverage relief role over the past two seasons and spent most of 2011 on the sixty-day DL with a bum shoulder.
Segura seemed to be heir apparent until injuries held him out of most of the 2011 campaign at High-A Inland Empire last year. Martinez too has spent almost as much of his short professional career hurt as healthy.
The Rule-5 Draft will take place on December 8 and the minor leaguers with lengthy (six to seven seasons) who are not on their club's forty-man roster are eligible to be drafted away by any of the other 29 teams in baseball. A Rule-5 pick must spend the whole season with the major league club that selects them or be forced to clear waivers and offered back to the original team.
The Angels 40-Man Roster is currently set at 37 players.