The Angels pitching woes are well-documented. Their team ERA was 5.09 in 2020, which is somehow down from 2019 (5.36). Their starting staff consists of an underwhelming collection of arms such as Andrew Heaney, Patrick Sandoval and Griffin Canning.
Thus, like every year, expect the Angels to take flyers on anybody with a fastball. That’s what they’re doing here as they’ve now inked Jacob Faria to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Faria, who did not pitch in 2020, has pitched for the Rays and Brewers dating back to 2017 and posted a 4.54 ERA in just over 170 innings of work. His rookie year in 2017 was solid across 87 innings of work, posting a 3.43 ERA. The next year was lost as he posted a 5.40 ERA in 17 games. In 2019, he started off well for the Rays with a 2.70 ERA prior to being trade to the Brewers. With the Brewers in 2019 he posted an 11.42 ERA.