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Angels getting Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews Jr.

Jan 22, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

Still no word yet on the money involved, but’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels’ return for Gary Matthews Jr. is reliever Brian Stokes, who has a 5.02 career ERA.
Stokes was fairly useful over the past two seasons, posting a 3.82 ERA in 103.2 innings, but he’s basically a 30-year-old, run-of-the-mill middle reliever. In other words, sounds about right in a swap for Matthews, although the Angels are obviously eating a huge chunk of his remaining contract to make the deal work.
UPDATE:’s Jon Heyman reports that the Angels will be covering $21.5 million of the $23.5 million remaining on Matthews’ contract. So basically the Mets get him for two seasons at the total cost of $2 million and Stokes. As far as deals to acquire hugely overpaid, mediocre fourth outfielders go I suppose this isn’t a terrible one.

  1. Jonny5 - Jan 22, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Damn I’d take Matthews Jr. for a million per year for 2 years. That’s a good deal for the mets, he has good legs, which they need in that huge ballpark. Not to mention the guy could turn it all around again….. All they lost was a mediocre reliever too……

  2. Tommy - Jan 22, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    You are a class act. You never complained and went about your job as a professional. You were always a part of the Angel team and worked hard and were always prepared when called upon. Sorry it didn’t work out for you in LA but the best of luck to you in NY.

  3. FunkeeC - Jan 22, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    clearly you have no idea about GMJ or you would know one of the many things he doesn’t have, including the ability to hit, is good legs

  4. Jonny5 - Jan 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    30 stolen bases in his last 3 seasons isn’t too shabby. He hasn’t done much lately,2007 he had 18….. But he can catch up to a fly ball better than many OF on the FA market, for that money and a bad reliever isn’t a bad price tag imo. In other words it’s a plus to the Mets for the deal they got.

  5. Moses Green - Jan 22, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Brian Anderson – 1yr, $700,000
    Eric Hinske – 1 yr, $1 million
    Andruw Jones – 1 yr, $500,000
    Ryan Langerhans – 1 yr, $525,000
    Jason Michaels – 1 yr $850,000
    Those guys, plus another 3 dozen still as yet unsigned. So to give up a useful ham ‘n’ egger reliever (don’t laugh, there aren’t enough of them to go around 30 teams) and clog up that OF spot for 2 years at $2 million is actually a horrible, pathetic move that no other team was smart enough to bite on. Terrible move.

  6. Benny Blanco - Jan 22, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Completely wrong Moses. Terrible move if they were paying any more than 2 mill over 2 years. Those guys you named have no more upside than GMJ.
    This is a move with low expectations. Hinske for the same price or save $150K on Jason Michaels? No thank you. And I think Jones is on the White Sox roster.
    Good move, no. But terrible move, c’mon. Lay off the Met hate for a minute…

  7. moreflagsmorefun - Jan 22, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    One thing, The Mets/ Omar didn’t want any of those guys.
    Just don’t sign him for your team, simple.What team are you the General Manager of again?
    Never turn down a good chance to get a Latino outfielder, ever.

  8. HaloFan - Jan 22, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    LOVE this move. I’ve got nothing against GMJ; he was a good soldier for us – never complained during the season. But, he made it perfectly clear after the season that he wanted out, wanted to play everyday. That we got a decent reliever and $2M back makes this a great move for the Angels. As Tommy said, best of luck Gary!

  9. john pileggi - Jan 22, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Harmless move for Mets. Upside if he can be a decent 4th outfielder (or 5th if Angel Pagan sticks), not much downside if they need to eat the contract. Now that they have this done, and Molina is gone, and Piniero is gone, time to sign a pitcher.

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