Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Lee to Angels?
With word coming out Tuesday that Jered Weaver was placed on the disabled list, the next order of business was centered on who would replace the club's ace in the rotation. One thing we know is that it won't be Aaron Harang, as Jim Bowden reports via Twitter that L.A. does not have interest in the veteran right-hander.
The Angels do have options, including Garrett Richards and Jerome Williams, and it appears Richards will get the nod, at least initially. The right-hander has been lights out in a relief role all spring and into the regular season, and possesses two plus pitches in a fastball and power slider. He's made 12 starts over the past two years with mixed results. The Angels will need him to be better than that, since Weaver's diagnosis is a fractured elbow, and that certainly isn't short term.
Dane De La Rosa has been summoned from Triple-A to replace Weaver on the roster and he'll take over Richards' spot in the bullpen, though he may not take over the exact role. The Angels need the healthy starters to be consistent and go deep, at least until Ryan Madson is ready to bolster the bullpen.
It's not out of the question that GM Jerry DiPoto could check the trade market at some point, so keep an eye Cliff Lee, among others. The club lacks depth in their farm system, but boasts Top 30 prospect -- No. 23 by ESPN Insider's Keith Law -- in Kaleb Cowart, a third baseman, as well as a few other interesting prospects such as lefty Nick Maronde, second baseman Taylor Lindsey and first baseman C.J. Cron.
The Angels could also consider including Richards or centerfielder Peter Bourjos.