2017 Game 51: Angels at Marlins LIVE

Alex Meyer Placed On the 10-Day DL

Welcome to the DL Alex Meyer! The young righty joined the list of injured Angels starting pitchers on Thursday. Back spasms were the culprit. But this time it doesn’t look like anything to worry about.

That now makes a another full rotation of hurt pitchers: Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano, and Meyer. Daniel Wright was called up to start the final game of the four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, and gave up more runs. Halos need you Doug Fister!

2017 Game 48: Angels at Rays

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From the Clubhouse

 

C.J. Cron Sent to AAA

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This season could be the last chance for C.J. Cron to cement himself as part of the core of the Angels. For the third straight year, the young slugger is off to a really slow start, and can’t stay healthy enough to play a full season.

Cron has pretty much split his 2017 playing time with Jefry Marte, who had a .609 OPS in 91 plate appearances when this move was made, while Cron was at .586 in 90 times in the batter’s box.

Granted, .609 isn’t very good either, but its more than what C.J. was providing. He’s is likely to stay at AAA Salt Lake for a while to get himself right.

Minor league journeyman utility player Nolan Fontana was called up to replace Cron on the 25-man roster. Fontana is simply filler at second base while Danny Espinosa is struggling.

Although that may also mean a trade is in the works.

Latest On the Doug Fister Signing

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

UPDATE: CONTRACT DETAILS

Fister will be paid a salary of $1.75 million upon being called to the Majors. In the minors he will receive $100,000. Both are pro-rated based on service time. If he makes 20 starts, he could receive up to an additional $1 million in incentives, and up to $200,000 for 45 relief appearances.

There is also an opt-out for June 21 if Fister is not called up by that time.

As for the corresponding move, it didn’t come until the Angels finally announced the signing two days after the move was originally reported.

Andrew Bailey was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. During a bullpen session. Bailey felt a twinge in his shoulder where inflammation landed him on the DL. No timetable has been set for the former star closer’s return.

 

ORIGINAL REPORT

After several days of news outlets speculating and reporting that he was close to signing, veteran right-gander Doug Fister has a agreed to a Major League contract with the Angels. The journeyman starter agreed to begin his season in the minors as a sort of late spring training to get himself ready.

Fister has seen his ERA go up the last two seasons to 4.64 in 180 innings in 2016 with the Houston Astros. That’s mainly attributed to hike in his walk rate. His velocity has dipped into the high 80’s range while still able to get over 90. But with Martin Maldonado behind the plate, a pitcher friendly ballpark, and Charles Nagy turning several of his uncertain pitchers around by having them utilize two-seam fastballs in place of four-seamers, this may very well be the right place for Fister to contribute and rebuild his value.

Or, his percentages continue to climb. Either way, the Halos have found a starter who can give them innings.

Fister probably won’t be with the big club until June, which gives current starters time to step up and save their spots if needed. The one arm that Fister would likely replace as of right now would be Alex Meyer. Or, if Meyer and others perform well, Fister could also serve as an additional multi inning reliever out of the bullpen.

So regardless of whether or not Fister performs as a starter, there are plenty of options.

2017 Game 47: Angels at Rays

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2017 Game 46: Angels at Mets

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2017 Game 45: Angels at Mets

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Andrew Bailey Transferred to 60-Day DL

The corresponding move to the Doug Fister signing didn’t happen until the Angels officially announced the move two days after it was originally reported. Andrew Bailey was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. During a bullpen session, Bailey felt a twinge in his shoulder where inflammation landed him on the DL. No timetable has been set for the former star closer’s return.

2017 Game 44: Angels at Mets

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