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The Angels have inked a pair of former MLB righties to minor-league deals, according to the latest round-up of deals from Baseball America’s Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. Jacob Barnes and Jake Thompson will both be in camp trying to impress the Halos.

Barnes, once seen as a part of the long-term pitching picture in Milwaukee, is now looking for a bounce-back opportunity after a rough 2019 season. Through his first three MLB campaigns, Barnes carried a 3.54 ERA with 153 strikeouts and 62 walks in 147 1/3 innings, all while producing grounders on about half the balls put in play against him.

That’s a pretty appealing overall statistical profile. But Barnes couldn’t keep things going in 2019. He was tagged for 27 earned runs and seven home runs in just 32 2/3 innings, split between the Brewers and Royals. He lost about two ticks of fastball velocity (though still averaged 94 mph) and saw his swinging-strike rate dive from the 13-15% range to 9.3%.

Thompson, who’s still just shy of his 26th birthday, will also be trying to get back on track. The former second-round draft pick washed out with the Phillies and didn’t perform as hoped in 2019 with the KBO’s Lotte Giants, working to a 4.74 ERA in 62 2/3 innings.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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An asterisk (*) denotes World Series winning manager. 

2019 / WAS*
Dave Martinez
2019 / HOU
A. J. Hinch
2018 / BOS*
Alex Cora
2018 / LAD
Dave Roberts
2017 / HOU*
A. J. Hinch
2017 / LAD
Dave Roberts
2016 / CHC*
Joe Maddon
2016 / CLE
Terry Francona
2015 / KC*
Ned Yost
2015 / NYM
Terry Collins
2014 / SF*
Bruce Bochy
2014 / KC
Ned Yost
2013 / BOS*
John Farrell
2013 / STL
Mike Matheny
2012 / SF*
Bruce Bochy
2012 / DET
Jim Leyland
2011 / STL*
Tony La Russa
2011 / TEX
Ron Washington
2010 / SF*
Bruce Bochy
2010 / TEX
Ron Washington
2009 / NYY*
Joe Girardi
2009 / PHI
Charlie Manuel
2008 / PHI*
Charlie Manuel
2008 / TB
Joe Maddon
2007 / BOS*
Terry Francona
2007 / COL
Clint Hurdle
2006 / STL*
Tony La Russa
2006 / DET
Jim Leyland
2005 / CHW*
Ozzie Guillen
2005 / HOU
Phil Garner
2004 / BOS*
Terry Francona
2004 / STL
Tony La Russa
2003 / FLA*
Jack McKeon
2003 / NYY
Joe Torre
2002 / ANA*
Mike Scioscia
2002 / SF
Dusty Baker
2001 / ARZ*
Bob Brenly
2001 / NYY
Joe Torre
2000 / NYY*
Joe Torre
2000 / NYM
Bobby Valentine

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