Reliever Michael Kohn signed with the Braves a couple of weeks ago. He knew this would happen eventually:
When he wrote that, Jeff Blauser was the starting shortstop, but he only had one more season of that left, so it wasn’t an awful call.
Anyway, I don’t think Andrelton Simmons is worried. Still, nice call.
Right-hander Michael Kohn has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Braves that includes an invitation to spring training.
Kohn was dropped by the Angels in September and later signed with the Rays, but was dropped by Tampa Bay last month as well when he declined an assignment to Triple-A.
During the past two seasons Kohn had a 3.52 ERA in 88 appearances for the Angels, striking out 78 batters in 77 innings to go with a mid-90s fastball, but he also walked 5.6 batters per nine frames.
He’ll compete for a middle relief gig.
In the first move of the post-Andrew Friedman Era, the Rays announced this evening that they have signed reliever Michael Kohn to a one-year, major league contract.
Kohn began this season on the Angels’ Opening Day roster, but he ended up making just 25 appearances in the majors. While he had a 3.04 ERA and struck out 26 batters in 23 2/3 innings, he also issued 20 walks. The 28-year-old right-hander opted for free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier this month.
Kohn has never shown great control, but he misses bats with his mid-90s fastball and he showed some potential as a late-inning arm in 2013 after coming back from Tommy John surgery. He’s a decent flier for the Rays, whose coaching staff has a history of success stories.