Red Sox “getting closer” to signing reliever Matt Albers


Peter Gammons reported yesterday that the Red Sox had agreed to a contract with Matt Albers, while “a source familiar with the negotiations” told Alex Speier of that the deal is “getting closer” but “not done yet.”

Albers was non-tendered earlier this month by the Orioles, who didn’t want to keep him despite a projected salary that likely would have been around $1 million or so in 2011.

He had a 4.62 ERA in 193 innings spread over three seasons in Baltimore, but posted a sub par 124/92 K/BB ratio while allowing opponents to hit .274.

However, as a ground-ball guy with an average fastball that clocked in at 92.5 miles per hour this season the 27-year-old right-hander could be a useful middle relief option if his control improves.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.