Tempe, Ariz. -- After going all winter without signing a long list of free-agent closers they were linked to, the Angels finally added one Wednesday, though this one is not expected to finish many games for them this season.
The Angels, looking to add bullpen depth to a relief corps that led the AL with 25 blown saves, signed veteran right-hander Jason Isringhausen to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp, where he will compete for a roster spot but is not expected to push second-year closer Jordan Walden for his job.
"He has a veteran presence, he's a leader, he's been through the battles, and he's fearless," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "To me, it's a win-win. He still has the ability to make an impact on the mound, and as a mentor, his exposure to younger guys in our bullpen could be invaluable."
Isringhausen, 39, appeared in 53 games for the New York Mets last season, posting a 3-3 record with seven saves and a 4.05 earned-run average, 44 strikeouts and 24 walks in 46-2/3 innings.