The Los Angeles Angles have agreed to a one year deal worth 1.125 million dollars with right handed reliever Alex Claudio, who was a surprise non-tender by the Milwaukee Brewers, after how reliable he has been over the last two seasons. In 2019, Claudio appeared in the most games in the big leagues, with 83, and pitched to around league average results, posting a 4.06 ERA, 4.92 FIP and a 1.31 WHIP. In 2020, it was a very similar season, posting a worse ERA at 4.26, but a better FIP at 4.06, but the one thing Claudio is tremendous at, is producing ground balls at a high rate, and missing barrels. Among all qualified relievers, Claudio was in the 100th percentile when it came to Exit Velocity, allowing an average of 81.7 MPH, and an average barrel percentage of 3.4 percent (league average being 6.4). While Claudio will not produce many strikeouts (217 strikeouts to 311.2 innings), he will be an arm in a fireman role, to get a big ground ball at a crucial time in the game, a ground ball that he has produced in 61.9 percent of the batted balls off of him in his career.
The Angels on the other side, are getting an every day reliever, who might not be a multi inning guy, but has shown the ability to pitch on consecutive days throughout the long stretch of a season. They are also getting an established arm in a bullpen that desperately needs it, as their bullpen is currently shaping up to have Raisel Iglesias, Ty Buttrey and Mike Mayers as the only truly established arms.