It’s taken David Pauley nearly 2 weeks since his release from the Tigers to find a new team, but, he’s finally found one in the Angels. On Friday, the Angels agreed to a minor-league contract (pending physical) with Pauley. David will report to the minor-league portion of Spring Training but, could be used in games when needed with the Angels.
Pauley had a 3.16 ERA over 74 appearances last year between the Mariners and Tigers. He had sparkling numbers with the Mariners before the Tigers acquired him in the Doug Fister trade during the summer. Posting a 2.15 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 54 1/3 innings pitched. But, after the trade, was a different story. In Detroit, Pauley posted a 0-2 record with 5.95 ERA in just 14 relief appearances.
If that wasn’t bad enough, this years Spring numbers for Pauley got even worse. In just 3 relief appearances he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks in just 2 2/3 innings. The Tigers then released Pauley on March 12th.
“Just wasn’t working here,” Manager Jim Leyland said at the time of Pauley’s release. “We tried to give him every opportunity. Sometimes things just don’t work.”
With Pauley now playing for the Angels, it’s unlikely he’ll make the Angels roster out of Spring Training, he’ll have to earn it pitching in likely Triple-A ball to start off the season. If David can get opportunities to be successful, I think his confidence will comeback, along with his stuff and we’ll be seeing numbers like he posted with the Mariners in 2011.