Originally written on Angelswin  |  Last updated 11/11/12
By Scott Stedman - AngelsWin.com Columnist With the end of a disappointing 2012 campaign and the beginning of an off-season filled with needs, the Angels have a busy winter ahead of them.  The thin free agent market will, in all likelihood, inflate prices for players to levels higher than ever.  In fact, we have already seen this with Maicer Izturis signing with the Toronto Blue Jays for 3 years, $10 million.  With this, Jerry Dipoto and the Angels front-office will have to get creative to find solutions with the team’s needs.  My suggestion:  Turn to the International market to plug some of the team’s holes. Out of Japan, reliever Kyuji Fujikawa has been garnering plenty of interest, even being called “Japan’s Mariano Rivera.”  The 32-year-old had a career 1.36 ERA and 0.85 WHIP for the Hanshin Tigers.  His fastball sits in the 90-94 range, and he throws a forkball and curve ball to keep hitters off-balanced.  The forkball can be especially devastating against lefty-hitters, as ...
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