When Jered Weaver signed a five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels last year most analysis of the deal pegged it as extremely team-friendly and well below market value for an elite No. 1 starter.
Weaver repeatedly said at the time that he didn’t really care because $85 million is a ton of money and he wanted to stay with the Angels, so not surprisingly now Weaver is saying that he won’t care if the Angels end up giving Zack Greinke a bigger contract than he received.
“Whatever they have to do to make our team better,” Weaver told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, who just yesterday reported that the Angels are leaning toward declining their 2013 options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in order to focus their resources on re-signing Greinke to a massive contract.
Weaver is 29 years old with a 3.23 ERA in 1,312 innings since debuting in 2006. During that same time the 28-year-old Greinke has a 3.42 ERA in 1,157 innings, including a 3.40 ERA in 12 starts since being traded to the Angels.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.
Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 14 and now we know why. He injured his right elbow and both hips falling in the shower three weeks ago, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has had anti-inflammatory shots applied in both areas and he’ll be be shut down from pitching for a few more days.
Iglesias might not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Bryan Price. Iglesias, however, thinks otherwise. He said, “I’m going to be OK. I’m probably going to throw one bullpen, and after that, mentally and physically, I’ll be ready to join the season and compete.”
Price said throughout the offseason that he intended to pick his closer according to the matchups rather than naming one official closer. As a result, this injury likely doesn’t change much except that Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen, and Tony Cingrani may get a few more early season save chances if Iglesias doesn’t start the season on time.
Iglesias, 27, finished last season with a 2.53 ERA and an 83/26 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings across five starts and 32 relief appearances.