The Los Angeles Angels and relief pitcher Joe Smith have agreed to a three-year deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (via Twitter). Heyman also said, in a later tweet, that Smith will be heading to the Angels on a contract worth a little more than $15 million. Smith was highly regarded as one of the top relievers on the 2013 free agent market.
In 2013, Smith was phenomenal out of the Cleveland Indians bullpen. He only allowed 22% of inherited runners to score (5 of 23), and pitched to a minuscule 2.29 ERA. The workhorse (appeared in 70 games), allowed only 0.7 home runs per nine innings and only 7.7 hits per nine innings. The righty was also great against lefties, as left-handed batters only hit .227 off of him. Right-handers fared better, but not by much, as they had a .242 BA against Smith.
It was not only in 2013 where Smith had a great year. From 2011 to 2013, Smith has a combined 2.42 ERA in 213 appearances. He is able to get the job done often. Many teams looking for relief help were in on Smith, such as the Phillies, the Mariners, and the Angels. In 2013, the Angels bullpen ERA was a 26th worst 4.12 mark. Joe Smith should definitely help bring that number down, and secure more wins for the Angels as a team.