Quadriceps surgery can now be added to the list of things that have contributed to derailing Ricky Romero’s once-promising career.
Romero has been a mess since 2011–when he made the All-Star team as a 26-year-old–posting a 5.77 ERA with a league-high 105 walks in 2012 and then spending most of last season at Triple-A. He’s back at Triple-A again this year and walked 42 batters in 38 innings, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Romero is now expected to miss the remainder of the season following surgery to have “inflammation cleaned out in his quadriceps tendon.”
Romero is making $7.5 million this season and is still owed another $7.5 million next season as part of a $30 million contract extension inked prior to 2011. It seems weird to say about a 29-year-old just three seasons removed from being an All-Star, but the odds are probably stacked against Romero throwing another pitch in the majors at this point.
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.