Thursday, February 25, 2010

I heard a rumor today that free agent outfielder Darin Erstad, the veteran of 14 Major League seasons will sign a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and accept a non-roster invitation to spring training.

Erstad, who will turn 36 in June, spent his first 11 seasons with the Angels before departing for the Chicago White Sox as a free agent prior to the 2007 season. He spent the past two seasons with the Houston Astros.

A two-time All-Star (1998, 2000) and the only player in MLB history to win Gold Glove Awards at three different positions (LF, CF, 1B), Erstad ranks No. 5 all-time in games played for the Angels (1,320) and No. 4 all-time in hits (1,505) and runs scored (818).

His 240 hits during the 2000 season are the 13th most hits during a single season in Major League history.

In 107 games (18 starts) with the Astros last season, Erstad batted .194 with eight doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI in 150 at-bats.

He is a career .282 hitter who has started 822 games in the outfield and 559 at first base. The Angels are without a true backup to first baseman Kendry Morales, a role Erstad could fill, though free agent infielder Robb Quinlan signed a minor league contract with the team on Feb. 11 and was also invited to spring training, presumably to compete for the job.
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