Mark Mulder last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2008. He last made more than 15 appearances in a season in 2006. Even with the desperation that always characterizes the collective search for starting pitching, one would think that the interest in Mulder’s services would be minimal.
It would appear, though, that his pedigree, past success, and left-handedness will earn him a shot. And now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Los Angeles Angels are the favorites to sign Mulder.
Angels emerging as front runner for Mark Mulder. An incentive laden deal could be consummated soon.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) December 27, 2013
Five years removed from baseball and 36 years old, Mulder has to be considered the ultimate flier. He has been auditioning for multiple teams of late, and apparently he caught the Angels’ attention. It makes sense, of course, that the deal will be incentive-heavy. And considering that their rotation compiled a disappointing 4.30 ERA last season, it also makes sense that the Angels are willing to take a shot on a guy like Mulder.
Mulder’s injury history includes a torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder. It is hard to envision this attempted comeback panning out in the long run, but it will be easy to cheer for Mulder to buck those odds after his career was cut short the first time around.