12/6/2013 10:20 A.M. ET
Angels sign left-hander Rapada to Minors deal
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- The Angels signed veteran lefty specialist Clay Rapada to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite on Thursday.
Rapada, a 32-year-old sidearmer with 152 career Major League appearances, is insurance for lefty Sean Burnett, and he could possibly compete for a bullpen spot this spring. Rapada joins Chris Volstad and Wade LeBlanc as Minor League signings this offseason, and Joe Smith, Fernando Salas, Josh Wall and Robert Carson as bullpen additions (though those four have spots on the 40-man roster).
Rapada owns a 4.06 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP and a 1.61 strikeout-to-walk ratio in a seven-year career that has seen him suit up for six teams. During that time, Rapada has held opposing left-handed hitters to a .486 OPS. Righties have a 1.074 OPS against him.
Rapada had a nice year for the Yankees in 2012, with a career-low 2.82 ERA in 70 appearances. This past season, though, he notched just four big league appearances in Cleveland and posted a 2.14 ERA in a combined 37 appearances for the Indians' and Yankees' Triple-A affiliates.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.