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Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 5:03 pm
Jeff MathisBy C. Trent Rosecrans

After acquiring Chris Iannetta earlier this week, the Angels have traded catcher Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays in return for left-hander Brad Mills.

Brad MillsMills, 26, started four games for the Blue Jays last season and appeared in relief in one more game, going 1-2 with a 9.82 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 12 walks in 18 1/3 innings. In 14 career games and nine starts, he's 2-3 with an 8.57 ERA. He was 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 starts at Triple-A, striking out 136 batters in 157 1/3 innings. 

Mathis, 28, hit .174/.225/.259 with three homers in 93 games for the Angels last season and is a career .194/.225/.259. He was expendable after the acquisition of Iannetta, who will team with Hank Conger as the Angels' catching tandem.

Mathis was a favorite of manager Mike Scioscia, who kept him in the lineup despite his horrendous numbers at the plate. The move could show a weakening of Scioscia's influence over roster moves under new general manager Jerry DiPoto. The Angels chose Mathis over Mike Napoli last offseason and we all saw how that worked out for the Angels and (ultimately) the Rangers.

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Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:35 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Zack Stewart pitches for the Chicago Whitesox now.... he was part of the deal where the Jays got Colby Rasmus

I think Mr Anthopolus is looking into Bailey but the A's could be asking too much for a closer who frequents the disable list... I would be interested in Bailey but would not sell the farm to get him

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:06 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

An excellent defensive catcher like Mathis makes a mediocre Jays pitching staff better and helps to tutor Arencibia behind the plate. For the Angels to trade for a borderline pitcher like Mills shows you how desperate teams are for young cheap arms. Angels' wallets are empty after making the dumbt trade to take on Wells' disastrous contract. Jays are plugging holes in the ship before taking on stars at second and closer.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:28 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

as an angels fan, i think it's appropriate to quote the great martin luther king, jr. here: "free at last, free at last, thank god almighty, we are free at last!"

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:21 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

All good points boys, but i think we have to start building for a championship run ,and you can't do that ALL in one year. I would be happy if they at least traded some kids for Andrew Bailey and then go from there. If kelly Johnson wants to come back for a year or two at 5 mill per, that works for me ,get Drabek back throwing his cut fastball and see what happens and then you have Zach stewart I believe who will be good.I'm not enough of a baseball nerd ( imean that in a NICE way) to know what middle relievers are out there that could make a difference for us but we at least have to start pushing for a championship run,if not this year, then next year.. GO FOR IT

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 7:15 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Totally agree on 2012-2013 winter signings.  Even though low on impact scale, this is another example of Anthopolous making the little moves to fill needs that ultimately should pay off for Jays.  Mathis is not being added for his Mendoza-like bat.  Arencibia is playing 125-135 games.  Jays need a solid defensive C to replace Molina.  Mathis knows AL hitters and will relieve Arencibia late for defensive purposes and be fine in the 30-40 games he might start.  Any C with any offensive talent would not be available for a suspect, no longer prospect, LHP like Mills.

Move works for Angels as well.  Too cheap to spend (or unable to attract talent in free agency, depending on what you believe).  Traded Chatwood for immediate help at C (Iannetta) and replace Chatwood with Mills.  Angels fans can assess Chatwood and Mathis for Iannetta and Mills and decide if that improves team.  I think they had pitching depth to make the move.

Not a big deal but not always the big deals that pay off (i.e. Beltran to SF garnered no playoff spot, ut Fister to Detroit -- more low key -- paid nice dividends for Tigers and Furcal to Cards -- a nice depth move at trade -- paid out during run to Wild Card spot -- he did little during World Series but there were only a few huge stars for both teams offensively)

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 5:47 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

guelphfan....the only problem with what your saying is that they are not going to spend money on a player's just for the sake of spending money. The free agent market isn't exactly killing it this year. Other than a couple of relievers and first basemen there isn't much to chase after. Sure, the Jays need a second baseman but there isn't any out there that would exactly qualify as an upgrade to what they have right now. I agree they need a closer because losing 15+games after the eigth isn't exactly helping. There are no pitchers that would push the Jays rotation to the next level and with a much deeper free agent class coming up next year. So hold tight, another year of seasoning for the staff and player's like Lawrie, Arencibia the future of the team is looking alot better than the Yanks and Red Sox.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 5:30 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Jeff Mathis ??? Thanx Alex but even me as one of your biggest supporters says its time for you to make a splash and spend some of Rogers money to get some REAL players. ( a closer, 2nd baseman even another arm. trade some of those precious prospects and lets go for it. Sox are in disarray,Yanks are old and who knows whats going on in Tampa.Rogers knows the dome would be packed if we had a contender

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 4:42 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

While I cannot stand the Angels I don't condemn them for dealing away Mike Napoli. Until last season Napoli was a defensive liability at catcher who could not hit his way out of a bag. The Angels did not trade him to the Rangers. They traded him to the Blue Jays who traded him to the Rangers. Napoli is not a great hitter...nor is he even a mediocre one. The guy just lucked out by being traded to a team that plays in a stadium that makes everyone look like power hitters. If Napoli played on a good team (yeah...I'm saying the Rangers are not a good team. Good teams don't lose the World Series two years in a row to underwhelming teams).

Scioscia better look out. He might be the next catcher traded to Toronto next season. 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:08 pm

Report: Angels send Mathis to Jays for Mills

Finally Scioscia`s boy is gone, talk about a poor managerial move as Napoli was a huge bat for the division winner Ranger$. Mathis may have been a solid defensive catcher, but Scioscia must have had too many collisions in his playing dayz to have made that move. I`m sure the Darva Conger era will go about the same. Angels have the talent to challenge the Ranger$, but they have to fix the hole at 3B. C & not let fat Bobby Abreau get 400+ AB`s anymore.  

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