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Angels reportedly close to cutting ties with Scot Shields

Aug 10, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

Scot Shields is the last player on the Angels’ roster remaining from the World Series team of 2002, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times speculates that his “days in Anaheim appear numbered.”
Shields missed most of last season following knee surgery and has been terrible this year with a 6.05 ERA and 34/31 K/BB ratio in 38.2 innings. Once among the best and most durable setup men in baseball, Shields is now 35 years old and has seen just 19 percent of his action in “close and late” situations this season.
In the final season of a four-year, $18 million contract, the impending free agent is highly unlikely to re-sign with the Angels and according to DiGiovanna could be cut loose as soon as Jason Bulger or Brian Stokes are ready to come off the disabled list.
Because he never racked up many saves Shields tends to get overlooked in discussions of elite relievers, but from 2002-2008 he averaged 90 innings per season while winning 45 games with a 2.98 ERA. Among all active relievers with at least 500 career innings only Mariano Rivera (2.20), Billy Wagner (2.35), Francisco Rodriguez (2.50), and Trevor Hoffman (2.87) have lower ERAs than Shields’ career mark of 3.20.

  1. AP - Aug 10, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Joe Nathan just squeaks onto that list with 501.1 innings as a reliever. His ERA during that time (not counting his 2 years as a starter with SF) tops the list at 2.03.

  2. AP - Aug 10, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Joe Nathan just squeaks in there with 501.1 innings as a reliever. If you discount the 2 years he started for SF, his ERA comes in at a sparkling 2.03.

  3. Pisano - Aug 10, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    The Angels burned the poor bastard out . Every time you turned around he was in a game . I blame the Angels for using this guy up . His arm could only take so much . Kinda like what Billy Martin did to that young staff of the A’s years ago. The only difference is Billy burnt the starters out .

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