Just one year removed from Francisco Rodriguez’s historic season, the Angels have signed former Rockies closer Brian Fuentes to take his place after K-Rod signed with the Mets. Fuentes got a three year, $30 million deal, which high but less then the three year, $37 million deal that K-Rod got. Of course if your a stat head, you know K-Rod’s season was a bit overrated. Yes, he racked up the saves, but he was probably the fourth or fifth best closer in the American League, much less in baseball. With Fuentes, we get someone who has just as good of an arm at a better price. The only concern was Fuentes’ 2007 meltdown when he lost the closer job midseason.
Mike Scioscia is now in the fold until 2019. This was an interesting move because despite being semi-favorites the past two years, the Angels haven’t been able to get it done in the playoffs. That’s a long time to commit to one guy.
My son is a little league catcher so I picked up some catchers gear for him for Christmas. I found a great selection of catchers equipment at Baseball Rampage. Even talked to someone on the phone, and these guys know what they’re talking about. I also liked their selection of bats and gloves. Too bad I live so far away, because I could see hanging out at this place on a regular basis.
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