Mark Mulder has officially signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels with an invite to big league camp, according to a tweet from ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 2, 2014
Mulder, who will turn 37 on August 5th, spent nine seasons in Major League Baseball before stepping away in 2008. The left hander spent five mostly consistent years with the Oakland A’s and four injury-riddled seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before being forced to hang it up.
Mulder has recently served as an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight.
As a result of two shoulder surgeries, Mulder was limited to rehab and a short stint with the Cardinals in 2008 before the team decided to buy out his contract for $1.5 million rather than exercise an $11 million option for the 2009 season, per an ESPN.com article from October of 2008.
Mulder is undoubtedly considered a long shot to have any kind of real impact on the Angels rotation, but the two-time All Star — and 2nd place finisher in the 2001 AL Cy Young vote — is certainly worth taking a look at. With a minor league deal, the risk is low and any reward at all would be welcome for a pitching staff that compiled a 4.30 ERA in 2013.
We wish Mulder luck and success in his comeback bid. Any success would be one heck of a positive story.