It was another season, and another down year for Jered Weaver in 2016. The former ace continued his rapid decline, as he saw his fastball continue to decrease in velocity, his ERA jump to 5.06, and his HR/9 skyrocket to 1.9. Even his typically-excellent control was lacking, as his 2.6 BB/9 was nearly a full walk higher than 2015. If one positive can be taken from 2016, it's that the veteran managed to stay healthy for almost the entire season, with his only hiccup being a lower-back injury he sustained in his final start of the season. That being said, Weaver's tenure in Anaheim is likely over, and considering his rough performance as of late (with his peripherals actually signaling that things could have been worse), it'll be tough for him to garner a large role no matter where he lands in free agency. The 34-year-old seems to be destined for a long relief role unless a struggling team is in the market for a veteran rotation presence.
Weaver will sign a one-year deal with the Padres on Monday, pending a physical, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Angels, where he was a three-time All-Star selection and compiled a 3.55 career ERA. Weaver's production has dropped off significantly in the past two seasons, however, and he posted a career-worst 5.06 ERA in 31 starts last year. Even more appalling, he gave up a league-leading 37 home runs. Nonetheless, the Padres gain a workhorse in Weaver; the veteran has started at least 24 games in each of his last 10 seasons and is averaging 214 innings per year. The right-hander should get plenty of opportunities, but don't expect any fantasy magic from the veteran.
Weaver (back) will not start Sunday against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. The right-hander was holding out hope that he could start the season finale but Weaver said Saturday that his back "is not responding as much as it did before." A replacement was not immediately named but Ricky Nolasco would be an option on normal rest. While Weaver's tenure with the Angels is likely over, he said he is not retiring.
Weaver (back) is still considered questionable for Sunday's start, the Orange County Register reports. Back tightness forced Weaver off the mound Monday after 71 pitches. While he said immediately following that game that he expected to start the season finale, Weaver seemed a little less certain Friday, saying his status hinged on how he felt coming out of his bullpen session. Jhoulys Chacin is considered the top candidate to fill in should Weaver get scratched.
Weaver exited Monday's start after five innings with tightness in his lower back. Weaver only tossed 71 pitches and left the game with a 1-0 lead. At this time the Angels haven't divulged whether or not Weaver will be able to make his last projected start of the season.
Weaver (12-12) was the winning pitcher in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over Texas, surrendering four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six. The Angels offense picked up the veteran right-hander in his 30th start of the season, making up for their starting pitcher's last outing, a quality start against the Blue Jays, when he pitched six innings of two-run ball. While Weaver's peripherals are eerily consistent with last season's campaign, albeit a slight statistical regression in 2016, the former Cy Young runner-up has collected five more wins for the club while sporting a 5.20 ERA.