Today we have a great example of the perils of a swirling rumor mill as we count down to Friday’s trade deadline.
A report on Tuesday from a reliable source, WEEI in Boston, reported on its Twitter account that the Red Sox had acquired Indians ace Cliff Lee. The only problem? It was a fake Twitter account, and the report was a hoax.
The story was spread before Rob Bradford, the WEEI reporter who supposedly broke the story, wrote on his actual Twitter account that “I have not reported anything. Somebody is hacking into my account.”
It turned out that it wasn’t that his account was hacked, but that someone created a realistic counterfeit page complete with WEEI logos and everything.
There are a lot of good sources of information out there, with one of the fastest and best being Rotoworld. We do our best to be both quick and accurate here, and both myself and Aaron dabble in the now-is-too-late world of Twitter.
But today’s incident is a reminder to us all to slow down just a bit.
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.
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.