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Angels “letting clubs know” that Jordan Walden is available

Nov 28, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

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The Angels finalized a one-year free agent contract with Ryan Madson on Wednesday afternoon and intend to use him at closer. Which leads us here:

According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Angels “were letting clubs know today” that 25-year-old right-hander Jordan Walden is available through a trade.

Walden served as the Angels’ primary closer during the 2011 season, converting 32 saves alongside a superb 2.98 ERA. He took a backseat to Ernesto Frieri in 2012 but still posted decent numbers in a setup role and currently boasts a 3.06 career ERA in over 114 total major league innings.

The Halos are probably open to a range of different types of return packages. They need reliable starting pitching, but it’s doubtful that a guy like Walden will be able to fetch that.

  1. weaselpuppy - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Brennan Boesch?? though 2.1m is a lot to pay a 4th OF with inconsistent skills…..OH, WAIT, I MEANT $21 million, right Vernon?


  2. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    lol, i hope el tigres can put a deal together for him.

  3. iamjimmyjack - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    good move, but we still need more bullpen pieces. I thought the point of getting madson was to add depth (something we didnt have). now were getting rid of a major piece? for who? another bullpen pitcher? i dont know actually.

    • dan1111 - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Walden is likely to be overvalued because he had a successful season as a closer. The Angels might as well cash in on that if someone is willing to trade for him. It should be easy to find other useful pitchers on the cheap to add bullpen depth.

    • echech88 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Their farm is pretty damn dry at this point and it seems like this is a better free agent market for relievers than starters. Could be they’re trying to protect what little minor league assets they have left by subbing in Walden as a chip.

  4. paperlions - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Normally, I wouldn’t think they could get much for him…but he’s better than League or Broxton and teams just shelled out $21+ over 3 years for each of those guys (each of which seem like horrible contracts)…so maybe there is some team out there willing to give up a solid regular for him.

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