Joey Votto is doing OK

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Votto.jpgAfter bad news regarding Dontrelle Willis and Khalil Greene, finally some good news from one of the players who have struggled with anxiety disorders and allied maladies recently:

When you ask Joey Votto about his offseason, he gives you a polite “fine, thank you.”

But the Reds first baseman knows you want to know more. His battle
with anxiety and depression that caused him to miss 31 games was a huge
factor in the Reds’ success or lack thereof last season.

Votto
says he had no incidents after last season – his panic attacks led to
hospital visits last year – but he wouldn’t say he’s past all of his
problems.

“A lot of people want miracles,” he said. “Life’s not like that. I’m making progress. I’m going in the right direction.”

My favorite thing in the article: Votto knows his 2009 OPS off the top of his head.

Peter Bourjos returns to the Angels on minor league deal

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Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.

Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.

The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.