LA Angels cut 4, including Williams, Hanson
The Los Angeles Angels did not offer contracts to starting
pitchers Jerome Williams and Tommy Hanson on Monday night, making
them free agents.
The Angels also didn’t offer deals to reliever Juan Gutierrez
and third baseman Chris Nelson.
With a projected 2014 payroll nearing the luxury tax threshold
of $189 million, the Angels’ decisions likely saved them roughly
$10 million, possibly enough to add starting pitching to a thin
Los Angeles tendered contracts to five arbitration-eligible
players: designated hitter Mark Trumbo, new third baseman David
Freese, closer Ernesto Frieri and relievers Kevin Jepsen and
The Angels decided to part ways with Williams, who revitalized
his career with the club in 2011 after three years out of the
majors. The right-hander went 19-18 in 79 appearances with Los
Angeles, making 25 starts this year while serving as a dependable
arm on a disappointing pitching staff.
”I wanna thank the Angels organization for the opportunity to
get back in the big leagues,” Williams posted on his Twitter
account. ”It’s been an awesome time. Met new faces and even better
people. Wish all the guys luck in the next upcoming year. Now it’s
time to move on to the next chapter.”
The Angels’ starting pitching struggled for most of last season,
their fourth straight out of the playoffs. Their returning starters
are Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards after they were
outbid last month for left-hander Jason Vargas, who got a
four-year, $32 million deal in Kansas City.
Hanson flopped in his only season back in his native Southern
California, going 4-3 with a 5.42 ERA and a demotion to the minors.
Los Angeles acquired him from Atlanta for reliever Jordan Walden
The Angels also have right-hander Joe Blanton under contract for
$7.5 million next season despite his dismal debut with the club,
going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA and a midseason ouster from the
Nelson was the Angels’ starting third baseman in August, but
missed the rest of his only season in Anaheim with an injured
hamstring. Freese will be Los Angeles’ third baseman after arriving
last month in a trade with St. Louis.