When Jered Weaver signed a five-year, $85 million extension with the Angels last year most analysis of the deal pegged it as extremely team-friendly and well below market value for an elite No. 1 starter.
Weaver repeatedly said at the time that he didn’t really care because $85 million is a ton of money and he wanted to stay with the Angels, so not surprisingly now Weaver is saying that he won’t care if the Angels end up giving Zack Greinke a bigger contract than he received.
“Whatever they have to do to make our team better,” Weaver told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, who just yesterday reported that the Angels are leaning toward declining their 2013 options on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana in order to focus their resources on re-signing Greinke to a massive contract.
Weaver is 29 years old with a 3.23 ERA in 1,312 innings since debuting in 2006. During that same time the 28-year-old Greinke has a 3.42 ERA in 1,157 innings, including a 3.40 ERA in 12 starts since being traded to the Angels.
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.