Thursday, May 25, 2006

Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weavers Weave

Angels owner Arturo Moreno envisioned a public relations coup when the team signed young Jared Weaver, 24, to package him with big brother Jeff Weaver and package potentially one of the most high-profile pair of siblings to pitch for the same team since Dizzy and Daffy Dean appeared side by side for the Cardinals. But Jared, 6 foot 7 and 205, is not only bigger than his 6-foot-5, 200-pound "big brother," he's outplaying him. While Jeff Weaver, 30, struggles with a 2-7 record, an ERA hovering near 7.00 and has surrendered 13 homers in 10 games, Jared Weaver is 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA for Angels affiliate Salt Lake Bees and owns a record 27.3-inning scoreless streak. Moreno would rather not think about it but finds himself forced to consider Jared Weaver as a replacement for Jeff, setting the stage for the biggest public relations nightmare since Kane and Abel. The Weavers are trying to keep a positive outlook but clearly Jeff Weaver would hardly welcome his usurption in the rotation by Jared Weaver. Moreno never envisioned the potential family strife associated with that possibility when the Angels grudgingly handed Jared Weaver his $4 million signing bonus.