After coming into Spring Training with a load of starting pitching depth, the Angels now find themselves with as many questions as the next guy. Eight arms were ready to compete for five spots. With the season less than a week away, two will be unavailable for opening day, one is losing his velocity, and another has been optioned to AAA. For insurance, the Halos locked up veteran right-handed starter Kyle Kendrick to a minor league contract.
When I saw the headline, I thought this Kendrick was the one who went to the Dodgers, and that he was somehow returning. But that was just me seeing what I wanted to see. Instead, the club got the thirty-one year old hurler who spent much of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, the club that drafted him in the second round of the 2006 amateur draft, making his debut in 2009. The last couple of seasons, which have been rough, Kendrick has been with the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies.
For his career, Kendrick owns a 4.63 ERA. He had much better success early in his career, but has fallen on tough times on the mound lately. The righty could’ve gotten a Major League deal somewhere, but decided to come to the Angels on a less secure pact.
It is not certain yet how much Kendrick will make if and when his contract is purchased. His presence is strictly as minor league depth in case of emergency.
Angels have acquired LHP Chris Jones from the Orioles for OF Natanael Delgado and INF Erik Salcedo. Jones gets a 40-man spot.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 30, 2016
It's official that Garrett Richards will start game 1. Andrew Heaney Game 2. No announcement beyond that.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 29, 2016
Al Alburquerque has been optioned to Triple-A. That leaves either Greg Mahle or Cam Bedrosian for the final bullpen spot.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 29, 2016