Jered Weaver, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels from 2006-16, has announced his retirement. Weaver had been with the San Diego Padres this year, but had a 7.44 ERA in 9 games for the Padres, and is currently on the 60 day disabled list with San Diego.
Weaver is someone who was always somewhat vexing for Rangers fans -- he was selected by the Angels with the #12 overall pick in the 2004 draft, just two picks after the Rangers opted to take Thomas Diamond. Weaver was considered the top player in the draft, but his bonus demands and request for a major league contract scared teams off, allowing the Angels to get a steal at #12.*
* Incidentally, the #1 overall pick in the 2004 draft was current Rangers reliever Matt Bush, while the #2 overall pick was yesterday’s opposing starting pitcher, Justin Verlander.
Weaver was a constant thorn in the side of the Rangers, and his more games started, innings, strikeouts and wins against Texas than against any other team. Texas handled him fairly well at the Ballpark — Weaver had a career 4.61 ERA in Texas — but in Anaheim, Rangers hitters found him almost unbeatable, as he was 12-1 against Texas in Angels Stadium, with a 2.66 ERA.