Faria signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Faria began the 2020 season at the Brewers' alternate training site before being released by the team in September. He wasn't very effective in Milwaukee after being traded from the Rays, but the right-hander could compete for a spot on the major-league roster at some point in 2021. It's unclear whether he'll serve as a non-roster invitee during spring training.
Faria was released by the Brewers on Friday. Faria allowed 12 runs (11 earned) in 8.2 innings for the Brewers last season after coming over in a trade from the Rays. He spent the entirety of this season stuck at the team's secondary site and was not a member of the 40-man roster. It's likely too late for him to get any big-league opportunities in the brief time remaining this season, and he'll presumably be looking for a minor-league deal this winter.
The Brewers included Faria as part of their initial 60-man roster pool released Monday. Faria failed to distinguish himself at the big-league level between stops with the Rays and Brewers in 2019, giving up 14 runs on 28 hits and 12 walks while striking out 19 over 18.2 innings. He was bumped off the 40-man roster in January and cleared waivers, but the expanded roster pool for 2020 may allow Faria to see work for the big club. Even if that's the case, Faria likely won't be entrusted with anything but low-leverage work in his initial opportunities with Milwaukee.
Faria could be stretched out as a starter with Triple-A San Antonio if he doesn't earn a spot in the major-league bullpen to begin the season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Following a season in which he recorded a 6.75 ERA over 18.2 innings in the majors, Faria was designated for assignment in January, but he remained in the organization after clearing waivers. It's unclear whether he'll be included in the major-league bullpen for Opening Day, but manager Craig Counsell suggested Saturday that the right-hander could operate as a starter in the minors if he begins the season there. The 26-year-old served as a starter over portions of his first two seasons in the majors before working exclusively as a reliever in 2019.
Faria cleared waivers Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A San Antonio, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Faria will join the Brewers' big-league camp as a non-roster invitee after being designated for assignment earlier in January. With a 6.75 ERA in 18.2 major-league innings last season, he's not particularly likely to win an Opening Day roster spot.
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