Anaheim, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a Minor League dealt with veteran starter Mark Mulder.
The contract includes an invitation to Spring Training and will pay Mulder more than $6 million if he reaches all incentives.
A two-time All-Star, Mulder hasn’t pitched competitively since 2008 and had not seriously considered a comeback until this past fall.
His agent, Brian Charles of Big League Management Company, said they were looking forward to start in the Angels’ rotation and will still have to evaluate whether a minor leeague stint is acceptable.
“He’s giving this 100 percent and the way he’s throwing, he feels that he can be a starting pitcher in the Major Leagues,” said Charles.
Mulder, 36, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft and one of the game’s top left-handers from 2001-05, averaging 18 wins and posting a 3.65 ERA for the A’s and Cardinals.
He finished second in voting for the American League Cy Young Award as a 21-game winner in 2001, joined Tim Hudson and Barry Zito to form Oakland’s “Big Three” in the early 2000s and pitched in the playoffs three separate years.
But shoulder woes plagued him shortly after going to St. Louis in 2004.
Mulder announced his retirement in June 2010. He has been working as an ESPN analyst for the last three seasons.
The Angels’ Spring Training site of Tempe, Arizona is near Mulder’s home.