Roberto Alomar will probably be elected into the Hall of Fame this year after coming up eight votes short in his first time on the ballot, but as James Hall of MLB.com reports the 12-time All-Star also has his eye on a front-office job:
I’m almost ready. I think after this year I’m going to go up there. I would love to work for the Blue Jays. Anywhere they need me. If they need me for fielding, or hitting, or stolen bases, I think the game of baseball now is lacking the little things, the things that [can be done] to win games. I think I can help them with that, mainly their mind and how to help them win some games. I always say one day I will work for baseball, and I would love to work for the Blue Jays.
Alomar will represent the Blue Jays at next month’s draft, but there’s no word yet on whether the team has plans to offer him a full-time gig. If they don’t and he has to look elsewhere for a coaching or front-office job, it’ll be an interesting test of whether his spitting on an umpire in 1996 and then leaving the game on a low note in 2002-2004 takes precedence over a Hall of Fame career and reputation as a smart player. It shouldn’t, of course, and my guess is that it won’t.
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.