The Angels have been spending a lot of time talking about their plans on adding a late-inning reliever to compliment Walden, yet so far they've let all the quality relievers on the free agent market slip past them. Now I don't blame them, some of them were just too overpriced (Madson), and some were just plain not worth it (Cordero). What makes this a tricky case is that the Angels don't need a quality reliever as much as they need a quality mentor, someone who can show Walden the ropes of closing out games at a big league level. It's like Dipoto's been saying, he needs a COMPLIMENT, not someone who can mop up after his mistakes or set up Walden to get the save. While that would be nice for now, in the long run the Angels need someone who can work the kinks out of Walden's game and prepare him for closing out important games, let's face it, after this offseason every single game is going to matter much more than any game Walden closed last year. Lucky for us, the perfect mentor is sitting on the free agent market waiting for the Angels to pick him up.
Jason Isringhausen of the New York Mets, the lovable losers back east.
OR we could dedicate our souls to JoBu. JoBu magic is the best kind of magic.