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Angels sign Juan Rincon to minor league contract

Feb 26, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

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From Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that the Angels have signed veteran reliever Juan Rincon to a minor league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, meaning Rincon will be in minor league camp with little-to-no shot of cracking the Opening Day roster.

The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 2.98 ERA and 51/19 K/BB ratio across 45 1/3 innings last season in independent ball. Once a steady setup man for the Twins, he owns a 4.03 career major-league ERA.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times recalls that Angels manager Mike Scioscia was quite critical of Rincon after the reliever tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs back in 2005. At the time, the punishment for a first-time PED offender was a quick and easy 10-game suspension.

“When Juan Rincon pitches 11 days from now, are the effects from steroids deteriorated to the point where he’ll pitch at the level of his God-given talents? No,” Scioscia told reporters in the summer of ’05. “He’ll still have the benefits of whatever steroids he was taking. I guarantee in 11 days Juan Rincon will not become a mere mortal again.”

Rincon will act as organizational relief depth this season for Anaheim. He’s likely to open the year at AAA.

  1. racksie - Feb 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    I’m so glad Torii Hunter has found a place where he can tell management to pick up his old, washed up teammates. Latroy Hawkins, now Juan Rincon? Is Jaques Jones still trying to catch on anywhere. Dollars to donuts he makes a public push for both these guys to make the team.

    • racksie - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      Just remember, their is no I, in team, but their are two i’s in Torii. I’ve seen this act before. At every trade deadline in Minnesota, and every time a former teammate got released from another team.

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