Angels sign reliever Joe Smith to 3-year contract

Sep 28, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians pitcher Joe Smith (38) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels have sign relief pitcher Joe Smith to a 3-year, $15.75 million deal on Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, found on ESPN,

The team announced the move Wednesday after Smith took his physical. The sides agreed to terms last weekend on a deal that should boost the Angels’ bullpen.

The 29-year-old Smith was 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA and three saves in 70 appearances covering 63 innings this year for Cleveland. He has 13 wins over the past two seasons.

The submarining right-hander spent the past five years with the Indians after pitching for the New York Mets in his first two major league seasons. He is 27-16 with a 2.97 ERA in 439 career games, all in relief.

Smith’s signing will add some depth to the Angels bullpen, but there are still other areas they need to work on in order to be contenders.

What do you think of the deal? Is three years too much for Smith, or is this contact just the right size for him and the team? Leave a comment below.

Topics: Joe Smith, Los Angeles Angels, MLB

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