Angels GM widens search for relief pitcher


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Jerry Dipoto has cast a wide net in his search for relief help, the Angels’ new general manager saying Tuesday that he has contacted the agents for “between five and 10” right-handers.

Among the free agents the Angels are believed to be interested in are Francisco Cordero, 36, who has averaged almost 40 saves a season over the past five years, and Octavio Dotel, 37, who helped St. Louis win the World Series in October.


The Angels are also believed to be interested in Todd Coffey, 31, who went 5-1 with a 3.62 earned-run average in 69 games for Washington last season, and Matt Capps, 28, who went 4-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 69 games for Minnesota.

As of Tuesday afternoon, they had not contacted the agent for Twins closer Joe Nathan, a 37-year-old who returned last season from major elbow surgery.

San Diego’s Heath Bell has expressed an interest in closing for the Angels, and Philadelphia closer Ryan Madson is available.

But after Jonathan Papelbon agreed to a four-year, $50-million deal with the Phillies, Dipoto, who has a promising, hard-throwing young closer in Jordan Walden, seemed hesitant to spend that much for a free-agent closer. “You look at the relief market, and you don’t know where it’s going — it could change,” Dipoto said. “To invest that much capital in one spot might not be the right way to go.”


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