More than five years removed from his last major league action, left-hander Mark Mulder will attempt a comeback with the Los Angeles Angels.
Mulder, 36, agreed to a minor league deal and was invited to the club's major league spring camp, according to multiple media reports. He reportedly could earn more than $6 million if he reaches all incentive thresholds.
"Mark chose the Angels because he has an opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation," his agent, Brian Charles, told ESPN.com. "Along with the Angels being a championship-caliber club, that made it a good fit."
An All-Star with the Oakland A's in 2003 and 2004, Mulder was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals in December 2004. He enjoyed a strong first season in St. Louis before shoulder injuries derailed his career. Mulder made just 17 starts in 2006 and three in 2007. He returned from his second shoulder surgery to make three appearances (one start) in 2008 before he was shut down again in July.
Two years later, Mulder officially retired, and he spent the past three years working as an ESPN baseball analyst.
His best season was 2001, when he led the American League in wins while going 21-8 with a 3.45 ERA. His four shutouts also were a league high, and he came in second in AL Cy Young Award voting to the New York Yankees' Roger Clemens.
Mulder topped the AL in complete games in 2003 and 2004.
Over nine major league seasons, Mulder posted a 103-60 record with a 4.18 ERA in 205 games (203 starts). He struck out 834 and walked 412 in 1,314 innings.