From the White Sox’ official Twitter feed comes word that reliever Jason Frasor has been traded back to his former team, the Blue Jays, for minor league right-handers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.
It’s yet another sign — if we’re ignoring the recent contract extension given to John Danks — that the Pale Hose are entering full rebuilding mode.
Frasor posted a decent 3.60 ERA and 57/26 K/BB ratio in 60 innings last season between Chicago and Toronto. He was traded from the Blue Jays to the White Sox at the July 31 deadline, but is now back in the Toronto ‘pen to serve as middle relief in 2012.
Jaye, 20, was a 17th-round selection in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He had a 3.00 ERA and 49/18 K/BB ratio in 54 innings last year in rookie ball. Webb, 22, was an 18th-round pick in 2009 and registered a 5.48 ERA and 51/24 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings last season between two different levels of Single-A.
The White Sox exercised a $3.75 million club option on Frasor in late October.
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.