TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels' hopes that Brad Mills would slip through waivers vanished Sunday, when the left-handed starting pitcher was claimed by the division-rival Rangers instead.
Mills, 28, was out of options and had to clear waivers in order for the Angels to put him in their Triple-A Salt Lake rotation to start the season, as planned.
Mills, acquired from the Blue Jays for catcher Jeff Mathis in December 2011, has spent his six-year pro career pitching almost entirely in the Minors, going 41-38 with a 3.97 ERA in 112 games (106 starts). The 28-year-old left-hander has also logged 53 1/3 innings in parts of four seasons in the Majors, posting a 7.76 ERA.
Mills had given up four runs in six Cactus League innings this spring. The Rangers want to keep Mills as Triple-A depth, but will also have to pass him through waivers to do so.
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