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Angels get Downs

Posted on: December 10, 2010 6:47 pm
Scott Downs
Anoher big reliever is off the market, as the Angels have signed Scott Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract. Ken Rosenthal of was the first to report the deal. Downs can earn an additional $1 million based on games finished.

Downs, 34, has been outstanding the past four years as setup man in Toronto, putting up a 2.36 ERA in 236.2 innings with 205 strikeouts against 78 walks. In 2010 he had a 2.64 ERA in 67 appearances and had a 21-inning scoreless streak.

Downs is a Type A free agent, so the Blue Jays will get two draft picks as compensation. The Angels' first-round pick next year is the second-lowest protected pick so the Jays will get their second-round pick.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2010 3:30 am

Angels get Downs

the red sox need to pick up a reliever really soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2010 1:28 am

Angels get Downs

There is no reason why the Angels could not have been persuing multiple players at the same time!  It is highly likely that whilst negotiating with Crawford's agent, they were also talking to the agents representing other players.  This is a good signing for the Angels.   Downs is an excellent 7th or 8th inning guy.  His numbers pitching in the brutal AL East are very good.  You lost out on Crawford...Get over it!  What would you have to have paid?  $155M and 7 years???  Please!!!  Boston outbid you guys.  That's what it boils down to.  There was always going to be a response from the Big2 this off-season considering neither got to the WS.

BTW, Crawford is not an easy-going guy in the clubroom.  Intense, driven, ambitious...all those things, but don't look for a laugh from him.  He'll give you everything he's got, but he's not a joker that's for sure.

The Del Rey: Michael Young is 3 years older than Beltre and not nearly as good defensively (a quick check on BaseballReference is all I needed).  Also Beltre is a FREE AGENT.  Not for trade.

Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 3:53 pm

Angels get Downs

I like this signing, but it is like buying a 6 foot ladder with only a bottom step. For every year Reagins has been GM, he has struck out on the needed FA's or Farm Talent. See all the supposed great talent that the Angels kept holding onto instead of trading that never produced. See McPhearson, Wood, Kendrick and Aybar. We didnt part with these guys for names like Tejada years back and Halladay. Then he fails to sign Texira, Crawford, Ramirez, Cabrera amongst numerous others. This guy needs to lose his job because he has managed to dismantle years of Stoneman's work. He has taken a solid club at each level with a money spending owner and blown it up into a horrible offensive team with an average staff. Downs is a good signing no doubt,  but its like last years signing of Matsui. Stupid attempt to fool the fans into thinking that he has a plan. Please Arte! Get rid of this idiot!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 2:36 pm

Angels get Downs

Carl-  Your Rockies only signed Wiggington dude.  They resigned Tulo and a few others.  Considering the Angels and Rockies had virtually the same records last year id say both teams havent done much to improve their chances.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:54 pm

Angels get Downs

The Angels have Cut their own throats By Not Trying to Sign any better Players Then Reliever Scott Downs. Their were a lot of good players on the free market that you just watched clubs like the ST Louis Cardinals the Cubs the Rockies and how many more teams just used good sense to either keep talent or get good players that do not have to break the bank. The Angels do not have to out spend Yankees or Red Sox to be competitive.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:02 am

Angels get Downs

Farmboys,  This was not a message to SLANDER downs.  this wa a message to SLANDER my Angels front offic e for choking on improving our offense.  Im sorry but regardless of your love affair with Scott Downs... this move in no way, shape or form, is a move needed to make the Angels contenders or at least keep pace.  You know NOTHING about the state of the Angels Roster because you havent had to endure watching a team that has gotten older and less potent on offense every single year Reagins has been the GM.  

Oh, and speaking of crying on your OWN message board.  WTF are you doing on this thread?  Jays fan? really?

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2010 11:23 pm

Angels get Downs

Congrats to Scott. I met him this year while the Jays were in Oakland. He's a great guy. I would've like to see him on the A's, but now that means he'll be coming to the Bay Area a lot more being an Angel, so I'm happy. 

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:05 pm

Angels get Downs

What a bunch of blind morons you guys are!!  What does not getting Crawford have to do with Downs?!?  Nothing!  That's what.

He's a dynamite reliever, that will help the Angels win games.  I've watched him for years in Toronto.  He puts up amazing numbers in the toughest division in baseball.  You'll be happy with the guy.

The Angels didn't sign a big name, yet......well tough.  Downs didn't have anything to do with that.  Go cry on the Angels Home message boards.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:02 pm

Angels get Downs

congratulations Angels, I've always said the Angels need more pitching.....

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:29 pm

Angels get Downs

I love baseball, and do not begrudge people who make alot of money.  Downs at $15 million over 3 years just sounds over the top. Really, how about $800K per year and cleaning pools in the winter, if short on cash. As a fan seeing a setup man come in and make $50-100,000 per appearance does not warm the cockles.

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