ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels today announced the club has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with free agent right-handed pitcher Joe Smith. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Juan Gutierrez was designated for assignment. Today's announcements were made by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Smith, 29, made 70 relief appearances with Cleveland in 2013 and posted a 6-2 record and 2.29 ERA (63 IP - 16 ER) for the Indians. His 25 holds led the Tribe and ranked tied for seventh-most among American League relievers, while his ERA ranked 15th among A.L. relievers. Smith opened the 2013 season with 10 straight scoreless outings (8.2 IP) and also had a streak of 13 straight scoreless appearances (12.2 IP) from July 27-August 25. He posted a 0.72 ERA (25 IP - 2 ER) during his final 27 appearances of the season and his ERA ranked fifth in the Majors in that span (min. 25 IP). Overall, 57 of his 70 appearances were scoreless.
2013 marked his seventh Major League campaign, over which he has compiled a 27-16 record with three saves, 116 holds, 311 strikeouts and a 2.97 ERA (378.2 IP - 125 ER) in 439 games (all in relief). Over the last three seasons, Smith owns a 16-9 record and his 2.42 ERA (197 IP - 53 ER) ranks seventh among A.L. relievers in that span (min. 150 games). Additionally, he is one of two American League pitchers to have made at least 70 appearances in each of the last three seasons (also, Joel Peralta).
A native of Cincinnati, OH, Smith was selected by the New York Mets in the third round of the 2006 amateur draft and made his Major League debut on Opening Day of the 2007 season for the Mets. After two seasons with New York, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians on December 11, 2008.