According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional is reporting that Carlos Gonzalez is about to a sign a multi-year contract extension with the Rockies worth somewhere around “$78 or 80 million.”
Meanwhile, the Rockies aren’t saying much. Harding reached a club official who would only say that there has been an offer on the table for some time.
Of course, there’s reason to be skeptical here.
Just a little over one week ago, Harding writes that a radio commentator in Venezuela reported that Gonzalez had reached a seven-year, $80 million contract with the Rockies, but multiple reporters from Venezuela dismissed the report as untrue.
Oh, and perhaps I should also mention that Gonzalez is represented by Scott Boras. Boras doesn’t usually allow clubs to buy out his clients’ free agent years, so while not impossible, a long-term contract extension would at least be out of character. By the way, the 25-year-old Gonzalez is under team control through 2014 and won’t even be arbitration-eligible until after the 2011 season.
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.