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Angels acquire RHP Hunter Strickland from Rays

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He has a 1.69 ERA on the year so far

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The Angels added more pitching on Saturday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Strickland, 32, is having one of the best seasons of his career through the first months. In 13 appearances out of the bullpen, he owns a 1.69 ERA and an ERA+ of 229. He’s struck out 16 in 16 innings and has issued six walks.

The Angels could desperately use a jolt in their bullpen, as they currently have the second worst earned run average (5.32) in the American League.

2019 and 2020 were rough for the right-handed, but from 2014-2018 he was one of the more underrated relievers in all of baseball. During that stretch, he posted a 2.91 ERA and 138 ERA+ in 226 innings. Strickland struck out 211, and even had 19 saves during that stretch as well.

With the current state of the bullpen, things can’t get much worse. Hopefully Strickland continues his dominance and is a helpful addition to the club.