Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a major-league contract with reliever Alfredo Aceves, who spent the past three seasons pitching for the Yankees.
New York non-tendered Aceves after he was limited to just 12 innings last season because of a back injury and then suffered a broken left clavicle during a bike-riding accident in Mexico.
Barring a setback he’s expected to be ready by March and he’s a nice buy-low pickup after posting a 3.21 ERA and 87/30 K/BB ratio in 126 innings spread over 54 relief appearances and five starts. If healthy the 28-year-old right-hander will work middle relief for the Red Sox.
UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com says the deal is worth $650,000, plus another $100,000 in possible incentives. Very worthwhile flier for Boston.
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.