Angels Must Stop Striking out on Reliever Contracts Like Fernando Rodney

Ryan VanderYachtContributor IAugust 24, 2010

ST. LOUIS - MAY 22: Relief pitcher Fernando Rodney #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 22, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Angels beat the Cardinals 10-7.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Over the recent years of the Bill Stoneman and Tony Reagins era, the Angels have just missed on contracts with prominent free agents. Near misses on Paul Konerko, C.C. Sabathia, and Mark Teixeira should be familiar to Halo fans. Where the Angels have shown success is in luring veteran relief pitchers to Anaheim with lucrative multi-year deals.

Where the Angels have not shown success is in getting a good return on their investment from these veteran relievers. A look at Stoneman and Reagins' recent acquisitions shows that the Angels need to make a change and reevaluate how best to spend their payroll dollars.

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Ryan VanderYacht is a feature columnist for LA Angels Insider.com.