Rays sign reliever Michael Kohn to one-year contract

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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.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.