Opening Day is only a few days away and the Angels are still remaining busy when adding to their bullpen. On Monday night, the club announced the signing of two relievers, Tony Watson and Steve Cishek.
Watson, 35, spent the last three seasons with the Giants. The left-handed pitcher appeared in 21 games last season and posted a 2.50 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP and a SO/BB ratio of five to one. He’s been a great and reliable option out of the bullpen throughout his entire career, as he owns a 2.80 ERA over the course of 627 games.
Cishek, 34, is another veteran option for the Halos. He spent 2020 with the White Sox, appearing in 22 games. His season didn’t go as smoothly, as he owned a 5.40 ERA with a WHIP of 1.50. Don’t let one bad year fool you, though. From 2016 through 2019 he was one of the best relievers in the game. He appeared in 251 games and owned a 2.52 ERA with an ERA+ of 167.
The Angels sign two low-risk/high-reward type of relievers who have had some dominant seasons in years past.
In addition, the Angels acquired another arm earlier in the evening, trading for right-hander James Hoyt.
Hoyt appeared in 24 games with the Marlins last season, posting a 1.23 ERA while averaging 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Yet again, the Angels continue to make moves to improve their bullpen.