Los Angeles Angels


The Angels have emerged as the front runner to sign Mark Mulder. An incentive-laden deal could be reached soon, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.


The Hot Stove season has cranked into gear early this winter, and the American League West has been the epicenter for some of the heaviest activity.


The Angels acquired third baseman David Freese from the Cardinals last week and inked reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million free agent contract on Saturday.


The setup market is all set up: Joe Smith and the Angels have come to terms on a three-year contract worth about $15 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.


ST. LOUIS -- Former World Series MVP David Freese was traded by his hometown St.