Angels trade for Hunter Strickland

Today, after a brutal lost to Boston, Perry has had enough waiting around and has made a trade. He acquired Hunter Strickland from the Rays.

SOMETHING HAPPENED

For what you may ask? A PTBNL or cash. This is for a pitcher who has a career ERA of pi, 3.14. The bullpen, which has gotten ridiculed this month, has a reinforcement.

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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He’s chasing a ring. Can’t blame him.

Jon Heyman
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Pujols and the Dodgers are said to have had very open and honest conversations in which they explained a very limited role, and he’s said to be all in. So for the most part, consider him a pinch hitter extraordinaire

aces666high
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1 month ago

Pujols to the Dodgers?!?!

nishiogawakun
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1 month ago
Reply to  aces666high

Didn’t see that coming. What a chump. All the more reason to root against them. Where does he even fit in though? If he rides the bench for them well know he is a hypocrite and now is being petty.

aces666high
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1 month ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

The blurb I read was they’re gonna move Muncy around a bit (2nd, 3rd) to give him playing time.

I hope they enjoy that statue at 1st

AnAngelsFan
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1 month ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

That’s neither hypocritcal nor petty. It’s called a reality check.

Pujols thought he was still a regular starter. He was released to allow him to pursue that opportunity. He discovered that everybody else considers him a spot starter. Since he couldn’t get a job offer for a regular position, he decided for the next best thing – a chance to be no the bench for a top WS contender.

DowningDude
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1 month ago
Reply to  aces666high

Yep. Hence my post below

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  aces666high

This is funny as shit. Just when everyone thought he was gone, everything he does will be right in Arte’s face….and Arte will be funding it.

Watch him get a ring before Trout.

DowningDude
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1 month ago

Welp. I always said that if Pujols gets 1 ring in the 10 year deal it was worth it. I guess I forgot the asterisk. … * 1 ring for US

Rallymanatee
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1 month ago

Who will the Angels send down to make room? Noe? Has he even pitched since they brought him up? I’d like him to have a chance to prove himself.

angelslogic
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1 month ago
Reply to  Rallymanatee

One time, briefly.

Cowboy26
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1 month ago
Reply to  angelslogic

I believe Noe himself answered this question today

BoyWithApple
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1 month ago

Hunter Strickland has a .653 OPS against so far in 2021. Only three of the 15 pitchers the Angels have used this season have a lower OPS against than that — Ohtani, CRod, and Watson. League average OPS against is .705.

Rev Halofan
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1 month ago

I like that this puts every guy in the bullpen on notice. The days of major league mints on your hotel suite pillow may be numbered rubber-arm…

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Rev Halofan

Yes. Motivation is definitely something I like too.

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago

I have a bad feeling about the ptbnl.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago

Me too.

Any word on Chris Rodriguez’s status? So Angels like to have a potentially good pitcher who is made out of glass health wise.

Twebur
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1 month ago

…maybe we should just steal TB bullpen coach while we’re at it. He might know a few ingredients to TB’s pitching secret sauce.

MarineLayer
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1 month ago

Jahmi Jones for one season of Alex Cobb makes me not trust this GM at all.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago

So – basically Rays needed to make roster space for Ji-Man Choi who is coming off the DL. Strickland was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training. Whether the Rays get money or a player, this is a win-win for them as they parlayed a non-roster invitee into something. That’s what good Organizations do. Sell high on risky players.

For his part, Strickland has been used in low to medium leverage situations and has done well in them with an impressive 1.69 ERA and a very respectable 3.04 FIP.

Of course Maddon will pitch him in high leverage situations, the wheels will come off and he will end the year with a 5-plus ERA. TrAdition.

Jim Atkins
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1 month ago

Anybody this side of Shemp Howard would be an improvement on our current bullpen. Just curious about what we give up.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago

Really interesting. Having trouble wrapping my head around this unless Rays are trying to sell high. I doubt they would give him up for cash knowing how desperate the Angels are for pitching. Gotta be a prospect involved.

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

More I look at this it’s the Rays selling high on a player who is having a good year after many crappy years

Jessica DeLine
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1 month ago

Hmm. Just a player PTBNL or cash for Strickland?? On the surface looks good but I’m suspicious of them letting him go for cheapish unless they think his 2021 so far is a fluke (look at his numbers from 2019-2020). This will be his 6th team since 2018. At least Perry is trying!

H.T. Ennis
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

They are running out of roster spaces (lol, right?) for relievers and I guess he was the worst one who didn’t have options. So we are getting the Rays’ worst reliever, and he will be an upgrade for us! Go us!

Fansince1971
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Agree that this is evidence of his trying but it really depends what he’s giving up. The bullpen has been an epic fail of late.

Twebur
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’ve never seen an bullpen guy with an ERA that low, 1.69? Didn’t know that was possible.

Perry hasn’t seen a reliable reliever since the season started…hope he doesn’t overpay because of desperation, confusion and depression.

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

Angels pitchers have had ERAs lower than that but you’d have to have looked quickly. Watson, for example, was at 0.96 just the other day.

Others, like Cishek, were born with ERAs of 5

Fansince1971
Super Member
1 month ago

The ‘look quickly’ comment is particularly applicable with a player like Hunter Strickland who has pitched in 16 innings this season. One bad inning giving up a few runs and that stellar ERA will become average.

WallyChuckChili
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

So he’ll be avg after his 1st Angels game?

Fansince1971
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1 month ago

It could happen. Hope it doesn’t. I’m meh about this move but I can see why Perry did it. It’s sad that what the Rays view as expendible is so valuable to the Angels.

MarineLayer
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1 month ago

I do not like that guy. He is a headhunter and a hothead. Another bad move move by Minisian. I hope he doesn’t overpay again.

Commander_Nate
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1 month ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

The Bryce incident was over the top, but this team needs someone to show some fire. Trout gets drilled in the elbow twice in like ten days and the Astros hit multiple other players of ours and nobody responds at the plate or otherwise. Just another reason we’re in last place.

H.T. Ennis
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1 month ago
Reply to  Commander_Nate

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on the matter, but if there is no intention, as there wasn’t, I feel there is just absolutely no need to hit anyone.

AnAngelsFan
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1 month ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

I’d like to share your opinion, because I despise intentional bean balls, but it is a bit more complex.

Teams might not be deliberately hitting Trout, but there are deliberately putting his health at risk by throwing him inside pitches at a greater frequency than they do other players. The only way to discourage them from throwing inside and accidentally beaning him is to take action to show that Trout will be protected, intentional or not.

Simple scenario – I throw a water balloon at a person next to you, but I miss and hit you instead. Should I be blamed for getting you wet? Yes, because I deliberately threw the water balloon near you and knew I might miss my target.

Rallymanatee
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1 month ago
Reply to  Commander_Nate

Didn’t Ohtani respond and plunk someone’s butt? Can’t remember who that was against.

MarineLayer
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1 month ago
Reply to  Commander_Nate

Trout himself needs to show some fire.

halofansince1978
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1 month ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

A little fire and brimstone is exactly what this team needs.

Trout looks like a lost puppy since Gramps got canned.

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