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Monday, April 30, 2012

Jorge Cantu Exercises His Option, Becomes Free Agent

Per Bill Shaikin, Jorge Cantu has exercised his contractual option and is a free agent.

Related: Mark Saxon asks if there is any relief help in the minors for the Angels.

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto isn't going to find any All-Star relievers sitting in their living rooms waiting for the phone to ring or dangled by teams in the trade market this early, but he might have some solutions closer at hand. David Pauley, signed to a minor-league deal in March, has some major-league experience, a 2.57 ERA and 1.36 WHIP at Triple-A.

A bolder move would be to recall the team's best pitching prospect, Garrett Richards, insert him into the major-league rotation and hope that Jerome Williams could give you a reliable seventh- or eighth-inning option. Richards is 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA at Salt Lake and arguably out-pitched Williams in spring training.

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