Angels sign longtime Reds RHP Lorenzen


FILE - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Cincinnati on Sept. 25, 2021. Lorenzen agreed to a $6.75 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Anaheim native spent his first seven major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, making 295 appearances mostly as a reliever. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

FILE - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Cincinnati on Sept. 25, 2021. Lorenzen agreed to a $6.75 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Anaheim native spent his first seven major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, making 295 appearances mostly as a reliever. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Right-hander Michael Lorenzen agreed to a $6.75 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

The Anaheim native spent his first seven major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, making 295 appearances mostly as a reliever.

He is 23-23 with a 4.07 ERA, 14 saves and 406 strikeouts.

Lorenzen also is an excellent hitter for a pitcher, batting .233 over his career with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 147 career plate appearances.

Lorenzen was in competition for a rotation spot with the Reds last spring, but he pitched exclusively in relief when he returned from a lengthy injury absence with a shoulder strain.

He made 21 of his 26 career starts during the 2015 season.

Lorenzen attended Fullerton Union High School and Cal State Fullerton, both a short distance from Angel Stadium.

The Angels created a roster spot for Lorenzen earlier in the day by not tendering a contract to veteran infielder Phil Gosselin, who had seven homers and 47 RBIs last season while playing a surprisingly large role due to the Angels’ injury problems.

Gosselin was the Halos’ cleanup or No. 3 hitter in 57 games last season.

FILE – Cincinnati Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Cincinnati on Sept. 25, 2021. Lorenzen agreed to a $6.75 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Anaheim native spent his first seven major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, making 295 appearances mostly as a reliever. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2021/12/web1_127708385-b225e942df2545349dfebf6104fe0484.jpgFILE – Cincinnati Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen delivers a pitch during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Cincinnati on Sept. 25, 2021. Lorenzen agreed to a $6.75 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Anaheim native spent his first seven major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, making 295 appearances mostly as a reliever. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)