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Angels acquire Dane De La Rosa from Rays for Steve Geltz

Mar 27, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

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As first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Angels have acquired right-hander Dane De La Rosa from the Rays in exchange for right-hander Steve Geltz. The two pitchers have 14 total innings of major league experience between them.

De La Rosa, 30, registered a 2.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 54 relief appearances last year at Triple-A Durham, striking out 87 batters but issuing 42 walks in 67 2/3 innings. If he works out his control issues, he could develop into a decent middle reliever.

Geltz, 25, had a 3.05 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 70/20 K/BB ratio in 59 frames last year between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake.┬áHe has already been officially assigned to the Triple-A Durham Bulls’ bullpen.

  1. pkers - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Aww…bummed to see that it isn’t Steve Jeltz. He had such lovely Jeri Curls.

  2. jwayne03 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Wonder if GMs just get bored and say “hey lets make a pointless trade that will never benefit any team”. Go Rays I guess….

    • deepstblu - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      Bill Veeck wrote that teams used to make minor trades to get stories in the newspapers. Do they do it now to get stories on blogs? If so, it looks like it works.

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    • kiwicricket - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      No. No we won’t.

      • palmersports - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Thats your decision. I asked nicely, so I could care less if you don’t want to. Have a nice day.

      • abaird2012 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        Why wouldn’t we, when your comments demonstrate such pithy repartee?

  4. jfrits13 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Umm..this just in…70 K’s in 33 2/3 innings isn’t too shabby. The Rays have an uncanny knack of finding these “irrelevant” players year after year. And the kids still only 25. HUGE upside over what they gave up.

  5. 13arod - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    i can see why they made the trade now the guy that tmpa traded gave up a whole lot more walks in the guy the angles traded

  6. tfbuckfutter - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    He’s like Dane Cook, only he yells “Ay Chihauhau!” before kicking a leg up in the air and falling down while telling a joke about the plight of the Jews at a Phi Cherry Pi keg party.

  7. gotampabay52 - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    pithcher at 30 traded for a 25yr good deal

  8. jarathen - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I generally feel like Jerry DiPoto has made good moves when Arte is busting out his wallet, but this one is a head-scratcher. I guess the Angels would rather have more average arms ready for the Majors than potential future guys right now. The bullpen only has two good, healthy pitchers, so they’re kind of desperate.

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