The Angels have acquired RHP Matt Andriese from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league RHP Jeremy Beasley.
Matt Andriese, is a 30-year old pitcher who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011′ draft out of the University of California, Riverside by the San Diego Padres. Andriese has appeared in 5 seasons in the big leagues while playing for the Tampa Bay Rays (2015-2018) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2018-2019).
He has a career record of 24-30 while appearing in 167 games with 49 of those being starts. Andriese’s career ERA is at 4.58 in 428.2 innings pitched while striking out 391 batters compared to walking 123 batters.
Andriese comes to the Angels with 2 years of control and had already avoided arbitration with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He will be making $1,395,000 for the 2020 season and gives the Angels depth on both the starting pitching side as well as the bullpen.
He is coming off of a season in which he was used exclusively as a reliever and appeared in 54 games while pitching 70.2 innings. He went 5-5 with an ERA of 4.71 and struck out 79 batters while walking 27 in the 2019 season.
Matt Andriese is going to come into Spring Training stretched out as a starter, but could be moved to the bullpen if needed. He also could be optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake if the Angels still want him to be stretched out to be a starter.
He now joins RHP Shohei Ohtani, LHP Andrew Heaney, RHP Julio Teheran, RHP Dylan Bundy, RHP Griffin Canning, LHP Patrick Sandoval, RHP Felix Pena, RHP Jaime Barria, LHP Dillon Peters, and LHP Jose Suarez as candidates to be in the starting rotation.
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