Buster Olney is saying the Red Sox think so:
Heard this: There
are concerns within the Boston organization about whether Jason Bay
would hold up physically through a multi-year deal.
I suppose that’s always a concern when you sign a guy to a long deal — and Alex Speier at WEEI.com is reporting that it’ll take five years to get Bay right now — but the guy hasn’t had too many health issues to date. He had some hamstring problems late in the season, but he hasn’t been on the DL in five years.
One questions whether it’s ever a good idea to give a guy in his thirties a five-year contract, but I don’t know that Bay is any greater an injury risk than anyone else. This could be something someone with the Red Sox is floating simply to pressure Bay 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.