That’s what ESPN’s Buster Olney is hearing from opposing teams …
Other reporters have confirmed that there is indeed a three-year, $48 million contract offer on the table to Beltran. And if the Royals made it, they’re almost certain to win the bidding for the veteran outfielder.
Beltran proved to be a major steal for the Cardinals on a two-year, $26 million pact that was signed before the start of the 2012 season. A three-year, $48 million deal that covers Beltran’s age 37, 38 and 39 seasons seems much more likely to fall flat, though Kansas City will have the luxury of using him at DH.
Beltran was drafted by the Royals in 1995 and spent the first seven years of his career with the team.
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.