Chris Getz retires at age 30

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Veteran infielder Chris Getz was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays and passed through waivers unclaimed, but rather than report to Triple-A he’s decided to retire at age 30.

Here’s what he told Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish:

I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and will always be passionate about the game. I’m starting a family, and I’m interested in other endeavors both inside and outside of the game.

Getz played parts of seven seasons in the majors for the White Sox, Royals, and Blue Jays, hitting .250 with three homers, 89 steals, and a .616 OPS in 459 games spent mostly at second base. And he earned around $3.5 million for his career, with a high of $1.05 million last season with the Royals before signing a minor-league deal this year.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.