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2017 Freeway Series Game 1: Angels at Dodgers

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2017 Game 79: Angels at Red Sox

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2017 Game 78: Angels at Red Sox

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Eppler’s Domain: Cron, Paredes, Fister

The Angels‘ bullpen is taxed from a lot of work taking two out of three in New York. So the club called up right-handed reliever Eduardo Paredes from AAA Salt Lake. Here’s what we know about this kid, along with other moves.

  • Paredes, 22, is possibly another hidden weapon the Halos have stashed. The Venezuelan-born hurler is their 15th best prospect in what is supposed to be a weak minor league system. He owns a career 2.56 ERA in the minors, along with a 10.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, and a 1.124 WHIP.
  • The only reason Paredes is ranked that low is because he’s a reliever.
  • The corresponding move was to send C.J. Cron back to AAA. It might be time to make a deal if that’s even possible. The Angels probably should’ve traded him and Carlos Perez for pitching when they had the chance.
  • Doug Fister was also claimed by the Red Sox and will start Sunday against the Halos and Parker Bridwell, who was Fister’s replacement.

2017 Game 77: Angels at Red Sox

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Doug Fister Opts Out of Angels Contract

Mar 3, 2016; Clearwater, FL, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws a pitch in the second inning the spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Because he was lit up at AAA Salt Lake. He was fine in his first start, but it didn’t go so well in his last two starts. The righty ended up with a 4.02 ERA with 10 strikeouts and a 1.34 WHIP in 15 innings. That’s not very good when you’re a Major League starter pitching in the minors.

Angels General Manager Billy Eppler asked Fister if would stay for one more start, but Doug chose to opt out. Don’t know if that’s the wisest move on his part. There’s a reason he took so long to sign with a team, and perhaps this is just another case of a player holding onto his idea of what he should be instead of the player he currently is. Fister might do better for himself by selling himself as a long reliever. Or he should just retire.

Whatever the case, the Halos made the the right call in not purchasing his contract just for the sake of it. Fister will probably sign with another team, or claimed as he’s on release waivers. And the Angels will only have to pay him the pro-rated salary of $20,000 against the $100,000 Fister signed for to pitch in the minors.

Plus, with Alex Meyer improving, and Parker Bridwell showing some promise, the club actually has decent young controllable options they can tap into instead of relying on what looks like a situation that could’ve been Tim Lincecum 2.0.

2017 Game 75: Angels at Yankees

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