Ekstrom Opts Out and Heads to Salt Lake
Mike Ekstrom apparently opted out of his MiLB deal with the A’s yesterday and today he is off to Salt Lake after signing a new minor league compact with the Los Angeles Angels. Ekstrom had a good amount of success in spring training where he pitched in ten games, sporting a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings of 6.0 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9 baseball for a rough FIP of 3.53 which is not as impressive. Instead of taking advantage of a strong spring and leveraging it with a strong performance as Hideki Okajima did and then followed by Dan Otero, Ekstrom went to Sacramento and posted a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings bettered slightly by a 4.20 FIP based on 8.1 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and 0.9 HR/9. In 61 career innings split amongst the Padres, Rays and Rockies he has a 5.61 ERA and 4.33 FIP which are not particularly impressive and won’t be a significant loss to the Oakland A’s. All A’s fans need to be concerned with is that he suddenly hits his stride with Salt Lake and then comes up to Los Angeles to terrorize their inter-division rivals. As far as true threats on the Angels roster I feel exceptionally confident saying in the near future Ekstrom will not be one of them.