Jered Weaver dropped below 200 pounds last season, which is crazy for someone 6-foot-7, so the Angels right-hander committed himself to putting on weight this offseason and now weighs 224 pounds.
Weaver told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that this is the first time in his life he’s ever weighed more than 218 pounds, saying: “I don’t know if my metabolism is slowing down from getting older or what, but I feel good.”
For most people weighing the most they’ve ever weighed at age 32 is not a positive thing, so I’m hesitant to throw this one into the Best Shape Of His Life pile just yet, but in Weaver’s case he added the weight in an effort to get stronger and “get deeper in games.”
He logged 214 innings in 34 starts last season, which is a fairly standard per-start rate for a good pitcher and right in line with Weaver’s career norms. He also posted a 3.59 ERA, which was his worst since 2009 and, when adjusted for the lower levels of offense across MLB, rates as the worst mark of his career.
MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez wrote earlier this month that it’s unlikely Josh Hamilton will finish out his five-year, $125 million contract as a member of the Angels and that a trade may even be coming this season — in the third year of the five-year deal. But we can probably rule out a reunion with the Rangers.
Here’s the relevant part of the story from staff writer Michael Florek of the Dallas Morning News …
At Rangers Fan Fest on Saturday, general manager Jon Daniels was asked during a fan Q&A session what the chances were that Josh Hamilton would return to the Rangers.
“Small,” Daniels responded.
The response drew a laugh and then a round of applause from the crowd.
“A rather popular sentiment,” said Rangers announcer Tom Grieve, who was moderating the Q&A.
Hamilton, 33, has batted just .255 with a .741 OPS in 240 games with Anaheim. He’s owed $90.2 million.
The Angels have released right-hander Yoslan Herrera so that he can pursue an opportunity in Japan. He will play for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan’s Central League.
Herrera, who turns 34 in April, appeared in 20 games with the Angels last season and posted a 2.70 ERA and 13/9 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 innings. It was his first stint in the majors since 2008 as a member of the Pirates.
Herrera re-signed with the Angels on a minor league deal in December and was expected to be in major league camp this spring, but he apparently found a better situation overseas.
Athletics shortstop Ben Zobrist and his wife Julianna took out a full-page ad in the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday to thank Rays fans for their support. Zobrist had been with the Rays since 2006, when he came over long with pitcher Mitch Talbot from the Astros in exchange for Aubrey Huff.
Earlier this month, the Rays traded Zobrist along with shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Athletics in exchange for John Jaso, cash, and minor leaguers Boog Powell and Daniel Robertson. Zobrist, 33, can become a free agent after the season.
Here’s the ad, via Marc Topkin:
Over parts of nine major league seasons with the Rays, Zobrist batted .264/.354/.429 with 114 home runs, 102 stolen bases, and 511 RBI. He was named to two All-Star teams, in 2009 and in 2013.