Angels claim J.C. Gutierrez off waivers from Royals

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The 30-year old reliever heads to the fourth organization of his career.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have claimed reliever J.C. Gutierrez off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, according to a report from MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. Gutierrez was designated for assignment by the Royals ten days ago and will be added to the Angels' 40-man roster.

In 25 games with the Royals this season, the 30-year old is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA, 5.2 K/9, and 2.5 BB/9 in 29.1 innings of work. He has posted the best season of his major league career, and his fastball velocity has reached a career high of 95 mph.

In five major league seasons with the Astros (2007), Diamondbacks (2009-2011) and Royals (2013), Gutierrez is 5-11 with a 4.58 ERA, 7.7 K/9, and 3.5 BB/9. He was Arizona's closer in 2010, when he posted a 5.08 ERA and 15 saves in 58 appearances.

The Angels will have to clear a 40-man roster spot for Gutierrez, who may join the major league bullpen.

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