Jonny Venters leaves game with an elbow sprain

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Bad news for the Braves’ bullpen:

Jonny, that is.

Venters has been a concern for a while, spending part of last season on the DL with a sore left elbow.  He feels like a major injury waiting to happen.  Which definitely hurts the Braves’ bullpen.  Other options for the roster now, assuming Venters hits the DL: Cristian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro. And of course Eric O’Flaherty and Jordan Walden are still around to set up for Craig Kimbrel. Assuming Walden’s back doesn’t act up.

So, yeah. Ugh.

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.