Jesus Guzman signs with Japanese team

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Jesus Guzman opted for free agency after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Astros and now the 30-year-old first baseman/outfielder has signed with the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.

Guzman came out of nowhere to have a strong rookie season with the Padres as a 27-year-old in 2011, but he’s hit just .226 with a .664 OPS in 315 games since then and batted .188 for the Astros this season.

According to the Japan Times he’ll get about $1 million plus potential incentives after making $1.3 million via arbitration this season.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.