Skaggs agreed to a one-year, $3.7 million deal with the Angels, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Skaggs logged a 4.02 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 129 strikeouts in 125.1 innings last season, proving he can still be useful in many formats when healthy. The oft-injured Skaggs avoided arm injuries last year, and was instead limited with hamstring, hip and groin injuries. He will have another year of arbitration in 2020 before hitting the open market in 2021.
Skaggs (8-10) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two across 3.1 innings to take the loss Saturday against the Athletics. Skaggs immediately ran into trouble, surrendering a two-run homer to Khris Davis in the first inning. While he allowed only one additional run, Skaggs was pulled after giving up a double in the fourth inning to Mark Canha. Despite entering July with a 2.64 ERA, Skaggs imploded in the second half of the season to end the season with a 4.02 ERA -- though that is still the best mark of his career.
Skaggs (8-9) allowed four runs on five hits and one walk across 2.1 innings Sunday to take the loss against the Astros. He did not record a strikeout. Skaggs struggled in the first inning, allowing a two-run home run to Yulieski Gurriel before Evan Gattis' RBI single extended the deficit. He allowed another run on two hits and a hit batsman in the third before his removal with one out. Skaggs pitched well in his first start back from a five-week absence, but he struggled in this outing against one of the toughest lineups in baseball. He now owns a 3.91 ERA for the season and will make his final start of the campaign Saturday against the Athletics.
Skaggs fired three shutout innings with three strikeouts against two walks and no hits Tuesday against the Athletics. Skaggs missed over a month with a left groin strain, so he was eased back into action with just 51 pitches (34 strikes) in Tuesday's outing. The lefty was lit up for 17 runs in 6.2 innings in his final two starts before hitting the disabled list, but he still owns a solid 3.69 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.5 K/9. He lines up to make two more starts this year -- next at Houston on Sunday -- though that may not be enough time for him to get fully stretched out.
Skaggs (groin) will be activated from the 10-day disabled list and start Tuesday against Oakland, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Skaggs has been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a left groin strain, but after successfully tossing a bullpen session Sunday, he appears to have returned to full health. The 27-year-old tentatively lines up for three more starts this season, which is shaping up to best the best of Skaggs' career. Prior to being sidelined with the injury, Skaggs posted a 3.78 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 123 strikeouts across 116.2 innings.