Strickland, 32, joined the Rays on a minor league contract over the winter, and he ended up making do during his short stint with the club after promoting him in early April. Strickland rebounded from two tough years split between Mariners, Nationals and Mets to record a meager 1.69 ERA (with a less spectacular SIERA of 3.76) in 16 innings and post a 24.2% strikeout rate vs. 9.1% walk rate as Ray.
Strickland will now return to California, where he spent the first five years of his career in San Francisco. Over 226 images as a giant from 2014 to 2018, Strickland recorded an ERA of 2.91 / 3.80 SIERA with a removal rate of 22.6% and a walk rate of 8.4%. A production in that sense (or the type of numbers he presented as a Ray) would be welcome for the Angels, whose bullpen struggled tremendously when they left 16-21. The angel relievers have both the majors’ fourth worst ERA (5.32) and the K-BB percentage (10.7).