Posted January 01, 2014

Mark Mulder receives minor league deal with Angels

Mark Mulder won 15 or more games in a season five times. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mark Mulder won 15 or more games in a season five times in nine seasons in the majors. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mark Mulder, who retired in 2009 because of shoulder injuries, reached an agreement on a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels, reports’s Jerry Crasnick.

Mulder has been working as an analyst with ESPN since 2011.

Mulder’s agent Brian Charles confirmed the report, and the agreement also includes an invitation to spring training.

If Mulder makes the team and meets certain incentives and award bonuses, the deal could be worth more than $6 million, according to the report.

“Mark chose the Angels because he has an opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Along with the Angels being a championship-caliber club, that made it a good fit,” Charles said.

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Mulder, 36, had a 103-60 with a 4.18 ERA in nine seasons with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals.



While the Cardinals are usually very good at determining talent/effectiveness and cost, this was one signing that totally flopped.


Over the past four seasons, beginning from this past season and going backwards, they finished as follows:

2013  3rd place   they were 18 games back

2012  3rd place   they were 5 games back

2011  2nd place  they were 10 games back

2010  3rd place   they were 10 games back

I don't consider them a championship-caliber club as the author stated they were in the article above.

James C
James C

@Sportsfan18 It wasn't the author of the report that stated they were a championship caliber club. It was Mulder's agent who said they were a championship caliber club. 

In my opinion this is agent speak for "we got you the best option possible, and they have a great all around player (Trout)."