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The Angels sign Scott Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract

Dec 10, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

Scott Downs

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms it. The Angels have signed Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract. He could earn an additional $1 million based on games finished.

Downs, who turns 35 in March, posted a 2.64 ERA and 48/14 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings this past season. The southpaw has a 2.36 ERA over 262 appearances since the beginning of the 2007 season.

Updating my previous entry, the Angels’ first-round pick (#14 overall) is protected in next year’s draft, so signing Downs (a Type A free agent) would cost them their second-round pick. If they signed Adrian Beltre — who has a higher Elias ranking — that pick would go to the Red Sox and the Blue Jays would receive the Angels’ third-round pick.

This isn’t exactly sticking it to the Red Sox for losing out on Crawford, but it’s obviously a little better than I originally thought. That being said, you would think this would have to take them out of the market for Rafael Soriano, right?

6:15 PM: Unless some “sick fake person” took over Peter Gammons’ Twitter account, it appears that the Angels may be close to signing Scott Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract.

That leaves me with this question. If signing Hisanori Takahashi to a two-year, $8 million contract was a “splash,” as Angels general manager Tony Regains described it the other day, would it be fair to classify Scott Downs as a tsunami?

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 10, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Very interesting. I sure hope that the Angels do not sign Beltre. The Jays get 2 draft picks for Downs. They will have 4 extra picks in the sandwich round as well as a pick from the Angels. Toronto is trying to build for the future and this signing helps them.

  2. scatterbrian - Dec 10, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    Downs signing = Cannonball!

  3. missthemexpos - Dec 10, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Judging by the # of empty seats in the picture, the Jays would not have the money to give Downs the contract he deserves.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 10, 2010 at 9:18 PM

      Do not worry about the Jays. The company that owns the team is very very profitable and will spend money when appropriate. It makes no sense at all for the Jays to try to sign Downs given his age. It takes 95 wins to win the AL East. The Jays have had approximately a .500 record since they signed Downs off the scrap heap. They need the high draft picks much more than they need a 35 year old pitcher. The Jays are building for the long term, not the short term.

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