Anaheim apparently isn’t done spending yet.
According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Angels are looking to add a free agent reliever to their bullpen and have been in contact recently with the representatives for veteran southpaw Darren Oliver.
Oliver, 41, posted a 2.29 ERA and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 51 innings this past year for the Rangers, holding left-handed hitters to a .227/.269/.318 batting line. Texas has expressed interest in bringing him back, and a few other teams have been in contact.
The Halos already have two lefties in line for 2012 bullpen spots — Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi — but they’ve made moves of excess in other areas and may do the same in bolstering their relief corps.
Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.
If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.
In other news, the Rays announced a new blog: