With the Angels acquisition of Madson and already having Walden and Frieri available to close if he goes down, are they still going to pony up for Fujikawa? I have my doubts.
Hoyer confirms meeting with Japanese closer Fujikawa, says #Cubs came away impressed, but wouldn't comment on timetable for negotiations.
Another random tweet speculates that the Angels have offered a two-year deal with a high AAV.Quote:
Japanese right-hander Fujikawa is nearing a decision and am hearing the Angels are frontrunners.
This is the first time I'll be slightly upset if we lose this guy. Not that he's the greatest but we shouldnt be getting outbid on short-term deals for assets. Though maybe this is more a west-coast bias, not dollars.
Rival executives involved in bidding for Japanese closer Fujikawa expect him to sign with #Angels
Fujikawa, 32, would give #Angels another late-inning option, joining Frieri, Downs and Madson.
That really sucks.
“Whenever you build a bullpen, you want as many guys that have a chance to pitch late in the game as possible,” Hoyer said. “Carlos had a great second half (1.52 ERA). He struggled in April. He lost the job and to his credit he worked really hard to get it back and pitched really well. If we bring in someone that has closing experience – or a number of guys that have that kind of experience – that’s no knock on Carlos.
“Every team in baseball wants to have an assortment of guys back there that – if the need arises – can pitch in the ninth inning. Hopefully, we can do that. Our bullpen put too much pressure last year on (Shawn) Camp and (James) Russell and Marmol and we have to avoid that. We need to bring in a really good number of arms to make that goal a reality.”
The front office showed last offseason that they can talk a good game. I'll believe the bullpen is actually a priority when it's improved.
We got him