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Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 5:03 pm
Jeff MathisBy C. Trent Rosecrans

After acquiring Chris Iannetta earlier this week, the Angels have traded catcher Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays in return for left-hander Brad Mills.

Brad MillsMills, 26, started four games for the Blue Jays last season and appeared in relief in one more game, going 1-2 with a 9.82 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 12 walks in 18 1/3 innings. In 14 career games and nine starts, he's 2-3 with an 8.57 ERA. He was 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 starts at Triple-A, striking out 136 batters in 157 1/3 innings. 

Mathis, 28, hit .174/.225/.259 with three homers in 93 games for the Angels last season and is a career .194/.225/.259. He was expendable after the acquisition of Iannetta, who will team with Hank Conger as the Angels' catching tandem.

Mathis was a favorite of manager Mike Scioscia, who kept him in the lineup despite his horrendous numbers at the plate. The move could show a weakening of Scioscia's influence over roster moves under new general manager Jerry DiPoto. The Angels chose Mathis over Mike Napoli last offseason and we all saw how that worked out for the Angels and (ultimately) the Rangers.

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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:20 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Angelsfan, He is going to be a back up.. for all we know by the time the season rolls around he may be a 3rd stringer. We already have a good power hitting catcher in Arencibia. His average was terrible, but he is a good catcher and hit 23 dingers with a .219 average. Catchers are not on your team to hit, they are there to play D and to manage the game. Anything else is a bonus. We also have a couple of other catchers in the system.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:35 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

also, jays4life, as far as scott downs goes, we're fairly certain you'd rather have him than frank francisco, but perhaps you agree with your GM, who for some reason thought francisco was better than a catcher who hit 25 HRs in part time play...anyways, looking forward to watching mathis (try to) face the teams in your division and maintain a batting avg of .175.<br />

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:28 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

jays4life, just because our idiot manager prefered mathis doesnt mean we do. enjoy his .200 OBP this year though; we certainly will when we play you (& when we see him playing for someone other than ourselves). also, we're not bitter towards the jays because they traded napoli to the rangers, we bitter because our idoit former GM trade napoli at all, for vernon wells no less. <br />

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:48 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Just another role player to add to the roster!!! He is a great defensive catcher and a good game manager behind the plate. There used to be a time when catchers were applauded for being good catchers. Now a days, people seem to think a catcher is only good if he plays crappy defense, has a bad arm but hit's close to .300. JP Arencibia is the Jay's starting catcher. Mills is nothing special, so his loss isn't anything significant. People need to realize having a good bench is very important as is having a good back up catcher. 

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:28 pm
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Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:55 am

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

He's just a backup, but this is not an upgrade from Molina in the slightest, who they should have resigned. Mathis is hit .174 last year and Molina was up around .300 if I remember correctly. That said, losing Mills probably won't be the end of the world, but it'd be nice if the Jays could use all these so-called killer prospects in trades to land someone decent. A throw-away backup catcher with a career .197 average doesn't really fit that bill. But I agree, they probably just feel guilty after destroying the Angels with the Wells deal and are trying to be nice around the holiday season.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:34 am

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Stupid, stupid Los Angeles Angels of Disneyland.
Didn't you learn your lesson trading a pretty good catcher to Toronto? You really think Ianneta is that much better that Mathis? Is Reagins still the GM? Does Scoscia the catching guru REALLY know what he's doing? Ianneta hit .238 playing half his games in COLORADO!!! I hope Toronto trades Mathis back to the AL West and he has great year and punishes the LAoD.
This trade will surely level the playing field with Texas, NOT. LMAO!!!!

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:46 am

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Couldn't have said it better myself.....defensively Mathis is a stud and the intangibles he brings to help JPA is going to be priceless. 

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:31 am

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

To any Jays fan bitching about this move, why???  It's a depth move, they have Mathis for one year to help teach Arencibia (the clear starter) how to handle a pitching staff.  Mathis is one of the best at that.  Obviously we didnt get him for his bat, he probably wont play that much anyway but he will be a great tutor to JP.  To the Angels fans acting like they just won the series, relax, remember it was YOUR manager that chose Mathis over Napoli, and your bitter, and your even more bitter cause we traded him to your rival Rangers, and your even more bitter cause he destroyed last year, and your even MORE bitter cause you now have Vernon Wells and his massive contract.....but hey, you have Scott Downs. were even.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:14 am

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Jays just took  Mathis  off thier handas as a thankyou for getting out from under Vernos play and contract.

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