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Angels exercise patience with free agent market - mlb.com article


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Maholm is younger.  That makes him a smarter move than Capuano.

 

That said, the more I think about it, Jason Hammel seems like the smartest move.  Way more upside than the rest of the available FA's.

Except that we are only looking for a 2 years tops contract, and Capuano is around 35.

Capuano, as mentioned, generates more swing and misses than Maholm, and actually has better control.

He also has past relief experience (including 15 relief appearances and 2010 and 4 in 2013), while Maholm has just one career relief appearance.   To me, we are more looking for a utility guy to help out Skaggs until he can get up to close to 200 innings hopefully in 2015 or 2016.

Capuano would be that guy. 

 

We need a lefty more than a righty, with the entry into the AL West of Fielder, Choo, and Cano. 

Hammel also had a nearly 5.00 ERA in 2013.

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Heard an interview on MLB radio this morning with Ryan Hanigan. He spent at least three minutes singing the praises of Arroyo. Saying he is a big game pitcher, that can switch things up on any given start when something isn't working for him that day. He said he does have those starts where he gives up the long ball. But he was very surprised Arroyo was still on the market. Lastly he said that since Arroyo isn't a max effort type of pitcher and since he mixes speeds he is confident Arroyo could pitch effectively for two or three more years.

Take that for what it's worth. Also said he's great in the clubhouse.

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Heard an interview on MLB radio this morning with Ryan Hanigan. He spent at least three minutes singing the praises of Arroyo. Saying he is a big game pitcher, that can switch things up on any given start when something isn't working for him that day. He said he does have those starts where he gives up the long ball. But he was very surprised Arroyo was still on the market. Lastly he said that since Arroyo isn't a max effort type of pitcher and since he mixes speeds he is confident Arroyo could pitch effectively for two or three more years.

Take that for what it's worth. Also said he's great in the clubhouse.

 

That makes sense. Power guys tend to either blow their arms out, or fail to adjust when they can't hit 95+ anymore. There was a guy named Maddux who had a pretty fair career without a blowaway heater.

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Heard an interview on MLB radio this morning with Ryan Hanigan. He spent at least three minutes singing the praises of Arroyo. Saying he is a big game pitcher, that can switch things up on any given start when something isn't working for him that day. He said he does have those starts where he gives up the long ball. But he was very surprised Arroyo was still on the market. Lastly he said that since Arroyo isn't a max effort type of pitcher and since he mixes speeds he is confident Arroyo could pitch effectively for two or three more years.

Take that for what it's worth. Also said he's great in the clubhouse.

I know I haven't said to many positive comments regarding Arroyo, but if trading for a pitcher is no longer an option, I would most certainly take him over the list of characters being thrown around. 

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Maholm is younger. That makes him a smarter move than Capuano.

That said, the more I think about it, Jason Hammel seems like the smartest move. Way more upside than the rest of the available FA's.

If it's a 2 year deal, I'm not that concerned about age. Capuano has a better chance of succeeding in the AL in my opinion.
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