By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer -
What if I told you that for just the pro-rated portion of
this year’s Major League minimum salary the Angels could get a relief pitcher
with a career ERA of 3.06 and a career WHIP of just 1.16? You’d probably say,
there’s a catch, like he’s got an injury or those are career numbers, not this
year’s numbers. If you said either of those things, you’d be wrong. He is not
coming off an injury, and this year, his ERA is 2.88 and his WHIP is 1.18.
Interested? Me too.
That’s probably because the Angels bullpen combined is
sporting a 4.35 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, leaving them ranked 28th in ERA
and 25th in WHIP. As a team, the Angels bullpen has 22 losses (tied
for 10th worst as of the time of the writing according to MLB.com).
So, how do the Angels get this reliever? Easy. They promote
him from within the organization.
Let me introduce you to Jeremy Berg, one of the unheralded
players in our organization currently playing for the Tr...