Angels sign Trent Oeltjen, Jo-Jo Reyes to minor-league contracts

Christian Petersen

The Los Angeles Angels have signed seven former major-league players to minor-league contracts.

The Los Angeles Angels recently signed seven players to minor-league contracts: pitchers Jo-Jo Reyes, Billy Buckner and Mitch Stetter, along with catcher Luke Carlin, inflielder Brendan Harris and outfielders Trent Oeltjen and J.B. Shuck. All seven players have major-league experience, and will be invited to spring training.

Reyes is a left-handed starting pitcher, and has bounced around with the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. He spent last season in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, posting a 2.51 ERA in 61 innings pitched.

Buckner is a right-handed starting pitcher, and has pitched for the Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks. Buckner spent last year with the Boston Red Sox farm system, earning a 3.91 ERA in 17 AAA starts.

Stetter has bounced between the Milwaukee Brewers major-league and AAA bullpen since 2007. He had a 2.67 ERA in the Brewers' system last season.

Carlin is a switch-hitting catcher who has earned playing time with the San Diego Padres, Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians. Carlin had a .214 batting average last season for Cleveland.

Harris used to start for the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays, and has played for the Washington Nationals, as well. Harris spent last year playing for the Rockies AAA team, hitting .319/.409/.510

Shuck has spent his career in the Houston Astros' system and hit .272 for Houston in 2011. Shuck posted a .298/.374/.352 slash line in AAA last year.

Oeltjen has hit .220 in 194 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .294/.356/.485 last season for the Dodgers' AAA team.

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