Today the Angels officially released reliever Matt Lindstrom to allow him to pursue opportunities elsewhere.
With the bullpen already packed, Lindstrom had long odds to make the team out of Spring Training but was picked up by the Angels on a minor league deal to add a possible veteran power arm to their relief corps. Lindstrom was a solid option out of the pen from 2011-2013, posting an ERA hovering around 3 during that stretch and striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings in 2013.
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Lindstrom could not return to his past form this spring and posted an 11.32 ERA in six outings with the Halos. In 5.2 innings pitched, the 35 year old struck out five while walking four and surrendered 9 hits, resulting in an ugly 2.29 WHIP. The release is somewhat surprising because of the small sample of innings Lindstrom was allowed to pitch but the Angels must be confident in the rest of their options going forward to allow Lindstrom to walk.
If the Angels still crave a strong power arm, then they need to look no further than Triple-A, where prospect Cam Bedrosian is waiting. Bedrosian made a cameo in the Angels’ bullpen last year, where his fastball averaged 94 MPH in 19.2 innings. The right-hander may need a little seasoning in Triple-A as he got knocked around with the big club last year but should be ready to a mid-season call up.