Can I take the under?
The Red Sox know what I am, even knowing what happened last year, I’m a
guy that, I put a lot of enthusiasm into what I do. And it’s up to
them. I’m trying to say that I would like to end my career here, I
would like to play three, four more years, and I would like to finish
that with the Red Sox. It’s up to them. I can’t control that.
Thing is, the Red Sox are the team that probably puts less emphasis on things like enthusiasm than anyone else. If Ortiz puts up a strong season in 2010 — and the baseline for that is something better than his 2008 line of .264/.369/.507, which he didn’t touch last year — and if he is willing to take what will amount to a massive pay cut than, yes, the Sox may consider bringing him back after his contract expires.
If I were a betting man, however, I’d wager that 2010 will be Papi’s last season in Boston.
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.