Al Alburquerque signs with the Angels

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Jon Heyman reports that the Angels have agreed to terms with reliever Al Alburquerque on a major league contract, pending a physical.

Alburquerque was non-tended by the Tigers in December. He has been an effective reliever in the past and has a career 11.0 K/9 rate, although last season was a rough one for him. His K/9 fell to a career-low 8.4 and his ERA was 4.21. The Tigers likely would’ve kept him if he weren’t arbitration eligible as he’s still useful, they just didn’t think he was worth the likely $2 million+ he would’ve made in arbitration.

The change of scenery may do him well.