After having a 1.69 ERA through his 13 games with the Tampa Bay Rays this year, Strickland posted a 9.95 ERA in his nine games with the Angels.
The Angels originally designated Strickland for assignment a week ago, but decided to trade him to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash on Saturday.
Trading Hunter Strickland was the best move possible for the LA Angels.
Hunter Strickland would either have to play Minor League ball, he’d have to be released and look for a new team that way, or the LA Angels could send him somewhere for something in return.
The Angels made the right call. Predicting what Strickland will be for the rest of this season is incredibly difficult. He’s had so many ups and downs throughout his entire time in the big leagues.
Banking on him to be productive this year is not a safe bet at all, and when coupling that with some character problems that have come up in the past, Strickland isn’t somebody who can be counted on to help this team.
He needed a change of scenery, and the Angels needed to go in another direction as well. It’s best for both parties, and both teams hope it will help them in their quests to make the postseason.
The Brewers are atop of the NL Central, and have the third-best record in the National League. Our Angels are sitting at .500, but will get Mike Trout back by possibly June 29th.