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Report: Angels interested in free agent reliever Joe Smith

Nov 21, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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The Angels failed to retain left-hander Jason Vargas when he jumped at a four-year, $32 million contract from the Royals today, but Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the club continues to pursue free agent reliever Joe Smith as a possible bullpen upgrade.

Smith quietly owns a 2.97 ERA over seven seasons in the majors, the last five as a member of the Indians. This includes a 2.42 ERA over the past three seasons, during which he has made at least 70 appearances in each. The 29-year-old right-hander owns a 57.2 percent ground ball rate for his career. He should do quite well for himself this winter.

Bowden reported yesterday that the Angels are also looking at J.P. Howell and Edward Mujica for their bullpen.

  1. halohonk - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    We need a top notch starter. Take care of that first!

    • km9000 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      “Smith quietly owns a 2.97 ERA over seven seasons in the majors”

      Well yeah, his name is Joe Smith after all.

  2. markofapro - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    You’re right, Halohonk but your owner likes 30 year old’s that used to hit.

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