The LA Angels have seen a model of consistency in Jered Weaver throughout much of his career. However, Weaver and the Angels have officially parted ways as the former ace signed with the San Diego Padres Saturday morning.
Weaver was drafted by the LA Angels in the 2004 draft when the Angels used their first rounder on the California State Long Beach stud. He debuted at age 23 in 2006, when he hurled seven-innings allowing only three hits and one walk against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Weaver would continue to be the Angels front man for years to come, as he never won less than 10 games in a season until 2015. He had a three year stretch from 2010-2012 where he was one of baseball’s premier starters. He was an All-Star in each season, owning a collective 2.73 ERA over those three seasons. Weaver also finished in the top five for the Cy Young Award voting (fifth, second, and third respectively). He even finished 22nd in the voting for Most Valuable Player voting in 2012.
However, age has most definitely gotten the best of Weaver in recent years. In 2013, his age 30 season, Weaver’s fastball began to decline in velocity and has been going down ever since. It has been below 85 miles per hours for a few years now, making Weaver susceptible to long balls. He has given up 88 of them over the past three seasons, with 37 in 2016.
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Weaver had one of the best moments in Angels history since the the World Series when he threw his sole career no-hitter against the Twins in 2012. He has been a Halo favorite ever since, and his signing with the Padres is no different, as Weaver tweeted out a picture of himself saluting the Angels fans with the caption “Want to thank all the Angels fans for your support over the years! Wish we could have brought a trophy to the city of Anaheim! Much Love!”.
The Angels do not play the Padres during the regular season. They do play them in Spring Training games on February 27 and March 10 and 23.