The Los Angeles Angels are a team in need of bullpen help this offseason, and the addition of free agent relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs would be step in the right direction.
Prior to last season, Boggs was a steadily improving pitcher who saw his ERA drop in each of his first four seasons in the majors as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. In his fourth season in 2012, the right hander posted career-bests in ERA (2.21), holds (34), strikeouts (58), WHIP (1.08), wins (4), appearances (78) and innings pitched (73.1).
The 2013 regular season for the 29-year-old reliever was one to forget in a Cardinals uniform as he made 18 appearances posting an 0-3 record with a 11.08 ERA, 15 walks allowed, 2.45 WHIP, 21 hits allowed and three blown saves in 14.2 innings pitched. To add to his struggles last season, Boggs was also sent down to the minors twice and his second stint ended with him getting dealt to the Colorado Rockies last July in exchange for international signing bonus money.
Boggs’ tenure with the Rockies was limited as he made just nine appearances holding a 3.12 ERA with five strikeouts and seven hits allowed in 8.2 innings pitched. Although he was a more efficient pitcher on the mound for the Rockies, it was too small of a sample to determine if the right-hander had left his early-season struggles behind him. Nonetheless, Boggs was a better pitcher for Colorado albeit in just under nine innings of work.
So with the Angels still in the market for pitching, Boggs would be a solid low-risk addition to their bullpen as it would only cost the Halos a short-term inexpensive contract due to fact that he has yet to receive any significant interest from any ball club.
Another reason for Los Angeles to consider signing Boggs is because he is still in 20s and there also lies the chance that he could rediscover his 2012 form with the team next season. Ultimately, if the Angels are interested in inking the five-year veteran to a deal it would be a low-risk move that holds some upside in acquiring a potential reliable arm out of the bullpen.