In a move that puzzled Angels fans last week, the club went out and got reliever Austin Adams from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. The part that confused many was where right-hander Deolis Guerra was designated for assignment, went unclaimed despite a 3.21 ERA in 53 1/3 innings for the Halos in 2015, and then accepted his outright assignment.
Adams, 31, has a 6.29 ERA in 58 2/3 innings in the Majors, but with a 3.33 career ERA in the minors. He’s a right-handed who can post a high strikeout rate but has issues walking hitters.
Guerra didn’t have a great K rate, but held opposing hitters to a 1.106 WHIP, and his ERA was accurate because of a 3.76 FIP.
Adams has high rates across the board.
There’s not much else to share other than the possibility that there must be something going on with Guerra that isn’t being disclosed at this time.
Most of the Angels’ bullpen isn’t up for grabs any way, so Adams isn’t guaranteed anything, and Guerra can easily win his spot back.