Angels Sign Shea Hillandbrand:
Keith Folke is on the verge of signing with Cleveland:Angels agreed to terms with infielder Shea Hillenbrand, who had been with the Giants, to a one-year, $6.5 million contract with a vesting club option for 2008.
He'll make $6 million next year. The option for 2008 is worth $6.5 million and includes a $500,000 buyout. Hillenbrand is too poor of a defender to be an everyday third baseman. Instead, the Angels are getting a first baseman or a DH with a career line of .287/.325/.449 compiled while spending almost his entire career in quality hitter's parks. His career high in OPS is 812 and he's never driven in more than 83 runs. Also, he's got a fun over-inflated sense of self worth to deal with. That it's just a one-year contract makes him a tolerable option. The Angels, though, needed an impact bat this winter and it looks like they won't get one.
According to his agent, Keith Foulke is close to a one-year deal with a mutual option with the Indians.
Confirming what FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported last week. Agent Dan Horwits said a deal could be cemented in the next day or two.