Transaction Analysis

Angels sign Pat Rapp for 1 year, $2 million

"Pat Rapp, you managed to escape the Baltimore Orioles!  What are you going to do?"  He's going to Disneyland!  Only this trip won't be a whole lot more fun than a year in Baltimore.  Rapp becomes the veteran of the Anaheim staff - unless 93-year-old Tim Belcher makes the team in Spring Training - but there really isn't much that he brings to the table. His lifetime ERA is a respectable 4.67, but his K/BB ratio is less than stellar (1.21) and he hasn't had a winning record since 1995.  No wonder Anaheim will be the sixth team he's played for since then.

Triple Steal rating: Single

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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