Angels acquire Johnny Giavotella from Royals

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Yesterday when the Royals designated Johnny Giavotella for assignment I wrote that other teams figured to be interested in the 26-year-old second baseman considering his solid hitting in the minors.

Sure enough the Angels have acquired Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for right-hander Brian Broderick, who was signed to a minor-league deal last month and represents a marginal return.

Giavotella has struggled so far in the majors, but that amounts to fewer than 500 total plate appearances and he’s a career .315 hitter with as many walks as strikeouts in four seasons at Triple-A. He should get a look as Howie Kendrick’s replacement at second base.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.