Former Giants outfielder Marvin Benard told the Associated Press Sunday that he used steroids during the 2002 season, when the club lost in the World Series to the Angels.
Benard played nine major league seasons — all of them with the Giants — and called it quits after 2003. He hit .276/.321/.407 in ’02 with one homer and 13 RBI in 131 plate appearances as a backup outfielder and did not register an at-bat in the playoffs. Benard, now 39, first revealed to the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this afternoon that he used performance-enhancing drugs to recover from a knee injury. He was also named in the Mitchell Report back in 2007.
For those wondering, Benard did not make mention of Barry Bonds in the revelation.
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.