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Angels and RHP Joe Smith agreed to a three-year, $15.75 million contract.
Smith will likely serve in a setup role, paired with left-hander Sean Burnett, for the Angels. The right-hander had a 2.29 ERA over 63 innings of work in 2013 and is incredibly durable, having made at least 70 appearances in each of the last three seasons. He also collected his first three saves of his career last season, making him a possible ninth-inning option in the event closer Ernesto Frieri stumbles.
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The Angels and Joe Smith have agreed on a three-year contract for around $15 million, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
Smith immediately bolsters the Angels' pen, as he compiled a 2.29 ERA with 25 holds in 63 innings last season. The Angels have already named Ernesto Frieri as their closer next season but Smith may immediately take over the setup role. The 29-year-old did save three games last year for the Indians should Frieri falter.
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The Angels are pursing free agent reliever Joe Smith, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.
Bowden passes along that the Angels are also working on bringing back their own free agent, starter Jason Vargas. Smith went 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 70 relief appearances with the Indians in 2013. Los Angeles will encounter plenty of competition for the 29-year-old right-hander's services.
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Impending free agent Joe Smith and the Indians have mutual interest in working out a deal past this season.
"We'd like to keep Joe with the Indians moving forward," said GM Chris Antonetti, "and we appreciate the work that he's done." Smith, who said he'd "love" to stay, holds an impressive 2.48 ERA since the beginning of 2011. He's earning $3.15 million this season.
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Joe Smith allowed a walkoff two-run double to Jacoby Ellsbury in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.
Smith entered a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning at Fenway Park and inherited a 2-1 count from Chris Perez, who left the game with a trainer. It was a terrible spot to be in for any reliever and Smith was unable to execute. If Perez needs a trip to the disabled list, Smith should get some cleaner chances. Vinnie Pestano is also a potential candidate for saves but is struggling at the moment.
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Joe Smith (oblique) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Wednesday with no issues.
Smith is still a little behind schedule, but it appears the oblique is no longer an issue and he'll have no trouble getting ready for Opening Day. "This was like his first day of spring training," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "In two days he'll throw a 30-pitch bullpen."
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Joe Smith (oblique) played catch Tuesday and is scheduled to throw off a mound Wednesday.
Smith fell a bit behind the other pitchers in camp after he suffered a left oblique injury last week, but he's progressing nicely. As a reliever, he shouldn't need much work to get ready for Opening Day.