The Angels have been close to Mulder for some time. Nick Cafardo had previously reported that the Angels had emerged as the favorites for the pitcher. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported Saturday that Mulder's decision on his next contract would "come sooner rather than later."
Cafardo also previously reported that the Phillies, Giants, Angels, Padres, and Diamondbacks originally had scouts in attendance to watch the pitcher work out. Mulder reportedly originally asked for a Major League deal for his next contract, but many correctly speculated that he would likely settle on a minor-league deal with an invite to MLB Spring Training.
The 36-year-old is a two-time All Star (2002, 2003) and finished second in the Cy Young award voting in 2001, when he went 21-8 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.156 WHIP. Mulder seemed to throw his last pitch in 2008, after having rotator cuff surgery. He has a career 4.18 ERA in 9 big league seasons with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.