After signing Scott Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract today, Angels general manager Tony Reagins told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he is done with his bullpen.
“Right now, we’re very satisfied with the starting pitching we have and with the bullpen we have. Now, it’s on to see what other opportunities come up.”
Many considered the Angels the favorites to land closer Rafael Soriano this winter, but after committing $33 million to Downs and Hisanori Takahashi, they will now look to upgrade in other areas.
As for who will close for the Angels next season, Mike Scioscia said Downs would likely be part of a committee with Fernando Rodney, Kevin Jepsen and Jordan Walden.
“If we need one or two guys at times to get the last out, we’re going to do it but I don’t think the committee’s going to be very large,” Scioscia said.
Though he wasn’t mentioned as part of the potential committee, Takahashi went 8-for-8 in save opportunities with the Mets this past season.
Earlier, we learned via Tuesday’s report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Red Sox manager John Farrell could find himself on the hot seat given the team’s slow start and a couple of incidents with Dustin Pedroia and Drew Pomeranz.
Tim Britton of the Providence Journal spoke to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who gave Farrell a vote of confidence. Dombrowski said, “We all have our pluses and minuses. But when I see some of the things we’ve talked about, I don’t know how you say that’s John Farrell’s fault. It’s not his fault that we’ve scuffled to pitch in the fifth spot with [Kyle] Kendrick and [Hector] Velazquez. The injury factors. Really in many ways, I tip my hat to our guys, led by John, that we’re in the position that we’re in right now. We’re three and a half out on May 24. There’s a long time to go. We haven’t gotten buried.”
Dombrowski added, “He’s our manager. He’s done fine. If I didn’t think that, then he wouldn’t be in his role.”
Farrell is signed through 2018 as the Red Sox exercised his ’18 option in December. That doesn’t mean the Red Sox can’t let him go, but given the lack of realistic options to step in and fill Farrell’s shoes and Dombrowski’s vote of confidence, it looks like the skipper has job security for now.
The Yankees announced that Jacoby Ellsbury left the game with a concussion and a neck sprain after making a great catch, crashing into the center field wall at Yankee Stadium to snag an Alcides Escobar fly ball for the first out of the first inning Wednesday night against the Royals.
Ellsbury was shaken up after the play, requiring the attention of manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue.
Ellsbury initially stayed in the game and finished the top of the first inning. However, Aaron Hicks replaced Ellsbury in center field to start the top of the second inning. Ellsbury was batting sixth and did not have an at-bat prior to exiting.