Angels sign relief pitcher Jason Urquidez from the Atlantic League.

The Angels signed another former Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Monday, their second in the last two weeks. Right-hander pitcher Jason Urquidez also became the second Atlantic League pitcher to sign a minor-league contract with the Angels the last two days.

Urquidez, who had been pitching for the Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers, agreed to a minor-league contract and will be assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake. The 30-year-old appeared in 136 games (all in relief) for the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate between 2006 and 2011 without reaching the majors.

This season Urquidez made 39 relief appearances for the Barnstormers, posting a 3-1 record with 24 saves and a 0.25 earned-run average. The Tarzana native allowed 19 hits and seven walks while striking out 48. His one loss and both of his blown saves came as the result of unearned runs.

On July 24, the Angels claimed former D-Backs middle reliever J.C. Gutierrez off waivers.

On Sunday, the Angels signed veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis out of the Atlantic League.

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Angels sign Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league contract.

The Angels have signed left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis, a 9-year major league veteran, to a minor-league contract. He will report to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Willis, 31, was pitching for the independent Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. He had a 2.56 earned-run average, with a 5-4 record and 52 strikeouts in 87 ⅔ innings, and started the Atlantic League All-Star game.

The signing was first reported by Newsday.

Willis hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2011, when he went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts for the Cincinnati Reds. He split the 2011 season between Cincinnati and Triple-A Louisville, and became a free agent at the end of the season. His transactions log since reads like a set of Bob Dylan lyrics.

He signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2011 but was released March 16 the following year, in the middle of spring training. Four days later he showed up in Baltimore and was assigned to the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate after recovering from a sore forearm. Willis made just four appearances in Triple-A, going 0-3 with an 8.53 earned-run average, before announcing his retirement in July.

But in January he signed with the Chicago Cubs only to be released March 30, having made one start in spring training and leaving with a stiff left shoulder. He signed with the Long Island Ducks in April.

Willis won the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year award with the Florida Marlins. He’s also pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Reds in his major-league career, combining for a 72-69 record and a 4.17 ERA with 896 strikeouts in 205 games (202 starts).

Willis was originally drafted by the Cubs in the eighth round of the 2000 amateur draft.

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Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus dishes on brother Cory, the Angels’ newest prospect.

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Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus batted against his brother in a major-league game for the first time in May and hit a double. (Getty Images)

New Angels pitcher Cory Rasmus, acquired Monday in the Scott Downs trade with Atlanta, has an advance scout in the visitor’s clubhouse this weekend. A really-far-out-in-advance scout.

Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is older than Cory by about 15 months. Cory isn’t with the Angels yet — he’s at Triple-A Salt Lake — but Colby has decent idea of what Angels fans can expect from his younger brother once he arrives.

“We played together from the time we was little bitty,” Colby Rasmus said.
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Angels designate Brad Hawpe for assignment.

The Angels have designated first baseman/outfielder Brad Hawpe for assignment and added Triple-A pitcher Daniel Stange to their 40-man roster.

Hawpe was an All-Star with the Colorado Rockies five years ago, and one of several veteran reclamation projects the Angels used to fill out the bottom of their 40-man roster. After a good showing at Triple-A, he never got hot in the majors, batting .185 (5 for 27) in 17 games with the Angels.

Stange, a 27-year-old right-hander, was 3-0 with a 3.60 earned-run average in 15 games, all in relief, for Salt Lake. He was released by the San Diego Padres on June 16 and signed a minor-league contract with the Angels five days later. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of UC Riverside in 2006, when current Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto was the D-Backs’ director of scouting and player personnel.

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Angels agree to terms with Brad Hawpe on minor-league deal.

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Brad Hawpe averaged 25 home runs a season from 2006-09 with the Colorado Rockies. (Associated Press photo)

Kole Calhoun almost made the Angels as a fourth/fifth outfielder out of spring training. He didn’t, was sent back to Triple-A Salt Lake, and suffered a freak injury in the Bees’ first game of the season: Calhoun broke the hamate bone in his right hand swinging a bat in his fourth plate appearance of the game.

Calhoun had surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss at least a month.

On Wednesday, the Angels announced they’ve agreed to terms with veteran major league outfielder Brad Hawpe on a minor-league contract. He’ll report to extended spring training at first, but figures to absorb some of Kalhoun’s innings in Salt Lake soon.

Hawpe, 33, last appeared in the majors with the San Diego Padres in 2011. He was limited to just 62 games that year because of a strained finger and and elbow injury that ultimately required Tommy John surgery in August.

Last year Hawpe batted .260/.382/.382 for Double-A Frisco of the Texas League and played exclusively in right field after shifting in at first base with the Padres.

In his prime, Hawpe averaged 25 home runs and 93 RBIs a season from 2006-09 with the Colorado Rockies.

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