Zack Greinke enters the free agent market at an ideal time, with the dearth of available starting pitching promising him a number of ever-increasing offers. Reports place Greinke’s value at 6 years and $150 million and if that total sounds steep, repeat after me. B.J. Upton. $75 million.
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After tending to the bullpen earlier this week, Jerry Dipoto attempted to shore up the starting rotation as the Angels traded flame throwing reliever Jordan Walden for Braves 26-year-old right-handed starter Tommy Hanson.
Due to signing Ryan Madson earlier this week to strengthen the bullpen, the Angels made known they were shopping Walden, per ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Two days later, a deal for Hanson materialized, now giving the Angels three certain members of the 2013 rotation, with Hanson joining Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. The Angels will surely look to add at least one more starter, with Zack Greinke of course being the biggest prize on the market.
With the Ryan Madson signing, Jerry Dipoto is officially underway spending Arte Moreno’s money in this crucial offseason. As the Free Agent Fits series has shown, the Angels desperately need pitching. It doesn’t really matter what kind of pitching, just that they need it. High leverage relief pitcher? Yep. A starting pitcher (or three)? Unless they want to look up at Texas and Oakland again in 2013, this is a must. This? Can’t have worse results than Bobby Cassevah.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels and Ryan Madson have come to terms on a one-year contract. This comes just two days after our own Justin Millar examined Madson as a potential fit for the Halos’ bullpen.
Madson, who turned 32 back in August, missed all of the 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. This is exactly what the Angels ought to be doing: supplementing the players that are signed long-term with short-term, low-risk, and high-reward options.
This past season’s bullpen woes were well-documented. Jerry Dipoto and company are in search of solutions, and Joakim Soria might be the solution.
Prior to missing all of the 2012 season following Tommy John surgery, Soria labored through the worst season of his career in 2011. After Kansas City drafted Soria with the second selection in the 2006 Rule V Draft, the Mexican right-hander posted a 2.01 ERA across 255 innings from 2007 to 2010.