Though still nowhere close to the starting pitcher they so desperately need, the Angels continued the rebuilding of their bullpen by agreeing to a three-year deal with right-hander Joe Smith worth over $15 million, according to John Heyman of CBS Sports.
The signing of Smith would add yet another veteran reliever to the Halos' bullpen group. The 29-year-old was 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA and three saves in 70 appearances with the Cleveland Indians in 2013. Over parts of seven different seasons with the Indians and New York Mets, Smith is 27-16 with a 2.97 ERA in 439 total appearances.
However, Smith has not posted an ERA above 3.00 since 2010, and is 16-9 with a 2.42 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 197 innings pitched over the past three seasons.
Smith comes to the Angels just a day after the team got reliever Fernando Salas in the deal that brought David Freese from the Cardinals for outfielders Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk.
However, Smith is expected to serve in the seventh and eighth innings for the club, as general manager Jerry DiPoto said in recent national interviews that Ernesto Frieri will serve as the team's closer in 2014.
With Smith on board, the Angels now have three veteran relievers to go along with hard-throwing righty Dane De La Rosa, who had a breakout season in Anaheim in 2013 after two brutal seasons in Tampa Bay.