The Brewers have already settled on salaries for 2011 with arbitration-eligible players Prince Fielder ($15.5M), Carlos Gomez ($1.5M), Kameron Loe ($1.25M) and Manny Parra ($1.2M).
They have only two unsettled cases: Rickie Weeks and Shaun Marcum.
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers expect to reach agreements with both within the next few days.
Weeks requested $7.2 million and was offered $4.85 million when figures were exchanged earlier this month. A 28-year-old with a decent glove and decent range at second base, he batted .269/.366/.464 with a career-high 29 home runs and 83 RBI last season.
Marcum asked for $5 million and was offered $3 million from the Brewers. The right-hander posted a 13-8 record, 3.64 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 31 starts last season for the Blue Jays, striking out 165 batters against only 43 walks while pitching in baseball’s toughest division. He was acquired this offseason for top infield prospect Brett Lawrie in a trade that should work out well for both sides.
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.