Last week we heard how, once again, Mets manager Terry Collins is all bent out of shape about the fact that his shortstop, Ruben Tejada, didn’t report to camp early. Via the New York Times we learn that, over the weekend, Tejada (a) reported on time; and (b) still got chewed out about it by Collins, who had a “one-way conversation” with him.
And of course Collins won’t let it go:
“I told him the importance of what it meant to be here and be a part of this team and what an impact it would have made on his teammates,” said Collins, who has insisted for days that he was disappointed, not angry. “He’s such a good kid, and he was very upset to think he messed up.”
“To think he messed up.” Only thing making him think that, Terry, is you, as you hold him to different standards than that to which just about every other manager in baseball holds their players.
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.