K-Rod confronts Bruney

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In case you missed it yesterday, here’s what Brian Bruney had to say about Francisco Rodriguez after Friday’s game:

“Unbelievable, I’ve never seen
anything like that. I have, but in high school. Couldn’t have happened
to a better guy on the mound, either. He’s got a tired act.”

He continued:

“He gets what he deserves, man. I just don’t like watching the guy pitch. I think it’s embarassing.”

The quotes were worthy of some chuckles initially, especially
considering the fact that Bruney can’t stay on the field, but the two
pitchers almost came to blows before Sunday’s game. Peter Abraham of
the Journal News relays the story:

Francisco Rodriguez tried to confront
Brian Bruney during batting practice today and was held back by Jose
Veras. The incident attracted enough attention that several Yankees,
including C.C. Sabathia, came over to keep the peace. Bruney was in
left field as the Yankees were finishing up their BP. The Mets were
coming into the field at the same time and Rodriguez went over to
Bruney and appeared to be yelling at him.

There were rumors of a video that showed Rodriguez pushing Bruney, but
that appears to be false. K-Rod tried to get to him, but was held back
by Mike Pelfrey.

When Abraham asked Bruney what happened, the pitcher said:

“We talked about our dinner plans. That was it.”

Who said the Subway Series had lost it’s luster?

Josh Johnson retires from baseball

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Johnson #55 of the San Diego Padres poses during Picture Day on February 21, 2014 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.

Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.

Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 08:  Luis Valbuena #18 of the Houston Astros hits a three run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.

Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.