The Angels and Lindstrom, 35, had a contract agreement that he would either make the Opening Day roster, or be released for an opportunity with another team, searching for a new job on the free agent market.
Despite some good appearances, a few fell short for Lindstrom as he held an 11.12 era in six games (5.2 innings pitched) with the Angels this Spring, while allowing nine hits and four walks.
The Angels liked Lindstrom, but also liked having options to move around their relievers through the minor leagues and big club over the season, which wasn't what looked like a working process with Lindstrom and the team.
Lindstrom will take his career 3.68 ERA, 1.443 WHIP, and 51 saves to the free agent market, along with his new found process of pitching. Though he isn't throwing in the mid to high 90's anymore, Lindstrom showed good signs of his heavy slider and low to mid 90's fastball, and should be able to branch on with a less effective bullpen, looking for an experienced arm to handle the latter innings of games.
Also under Angels notes from today, the team optioned right-handed reliever, Cam Bedrosian, to Triple-A Salt Lake; and re-assigned left-handed pitcher, Adam Wilk, to Minor League Camp.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for InsideTheHalos.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.