Giants re-sign Uribe; DeRosa's position in flux

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My assumption was that Mark DeRosa would play third base for the Giants after signing a two-year, $12 million deal yesterday, but Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the 35-year-old has not been promised a set spot and “doesn’t care where he plays, so long as he’s in the lineup every day.”
General manager Brian Sabean explained yesterday that he’s still looking to add another hitter after signing DeRosa, noting that the team has “some offers on the table” and “will flush out the offensive possibilities” within the week. One of those offers was to Juan Uribe, who has reportedly decided to re-sign with the Giants after starting 103 games last season evenly split between second base, shortstop, and third base.
If the Giants are bringing Uribe back to fill the same utility role DeRosa may still end up starting at third base, but if Uribe is the extent of Sabean’s “offensive possibilities” it’s possible that he’ll play primarily third base with DeRosa getting most of his action in the outfield. DeRosa, Pablo Sandoval, and to a lesser extent Uribe give the Giants the flexibility to basically pursue any free agent hitter they like regardless of position, because they can shift those three guys around to make room for the new guy just about anywhere.

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.