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Angels Toss One Weaver For Another

Jered Weaver in a CSULB uniform.
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On Friday, the Angels designated Jeff Weaver for assignment and gave his rotation spot to little brother Jered. Jered had been lights out in his previous stint with the club, going 4-0 in his first four starts; the only other Angel ever to do so was Cy Young winner Dean Chance. Jeff, by contrast, had given the Angels only three wins over sixteen starts, although in some fairness, some of that can be laid at the feet of the Angels' offense.

By giving Weaver The Younger a permanent shot at a rotation slot, it does two things: first, it shows the team has faith in Jered. That's completely understandable, as he's mostly dominated his major league opponents to date. Second, and more importantly, it shows that the team has faith in the next guy waiting in the wings at AAA Salt Lake, the unheralded southpaw Joe Saunders.