Astros sign Peter Moylan to minor league contract

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According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, the Astros have signed right-handed reliever Peter Moylan to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Moylan became a free agent last month after he was designated for assignment by the Dodgers. The soon-to-be 35-year-old had a 6.46 ERA in 14 appearances at the major league level this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. We haven’t heard much from him since back and shoulder surgeries in 2011, but the Astros will hope for a bounceback out of their bullpen.

Here’s Moylan’s reaction to his latest opportunity:

Watch: Shohei Ohtani strikes out his first spring training batter

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Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.

On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.

It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.

While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.