The Angels made a huge move this morning, acquiring Houston Astros manager Brad Mills. No, not really, but they did pick up Brad Mills from the Blue Jays.
What did it take to get the lefty with a lifetime ERA of 8.57? It only took a guy with a lifetime batting average of .194. Yes, Angels fans, Jeff Mathis is now a Toronto Blue Jay.
Mathis career in an Angels uniform is now over. I will be the first to admit that I was not a huge Mathis fan, having gotten tired of watching him strike out, or pop up to first. I loved his calling of a game, and I think he coaxed a lot of good innings out of guys who were struggling, or just didn’t have good stuff. That being said, I am not sad to see him relocate. With the Angels luck, he’ll get immediately traded to Texas, where he’ll team with Mike Napoli to form the greatest catching tandem in baseball.
What is my greatest memory of Mathis? His key double against the Yankees in the 2009 playoffs. Also, the many balls he sailed in to left or center field trying to throw out would be base stealers.
Mathis played with the Angels for just over 6 seasons. Along with that .194 BA, he also slugged 26 home runs with 139 RBI’s. I hope he has more success north of the border.
So what is it with Toronto? Signing Scott Downs was brilliant, but the Vernon Wells was a fiasco. I was hoping they could expand the deal to send Wells back to Toronto, while picking up Ricky Romero. I am just being facetious.
Anyhow, it’s hard to get a gauge on Mills, who only pitched in 14 games, 9 of them starts. His ERA is quite high, but my thoughts are he is more of a bullpen guy. How ever the Angels decide to use him, he needs to find the plate more often. Walking 31 batters in just over 48 innings isn’t going to get it done.
You know what I was thinking? It would be great if you could just switch Mills and Mathis’ stats. Mills ERA at 1.94 would be spectacular, while Mathis .857 BA would be easily the best in baseball history. I don’t think the Halos would be making that trade. HA HA.. It’s early, just trying to get a laugh.
At least the Angels got something for Mathis, who would have been non-tendered anyway. And who knows, maybe Mike Butcher can get this guy turned around.
One thing is now perfectly clear, Jerry DiPoto is running the organization. I am sure Mike Scioscia has gone in to seclusion now that Mathis is gone.
This is second of what will be many moves, I think, DiPoto will make.
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Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.