Angels sign Ryan Mattheus to a minor league deal

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The Angels have signed reliever Ryan Mattheus to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, per a report from James Wagner of the Washington Post.

Mattheus, 31, had been in the Nationals’ organization since 2010. Over 142 1/3 innings in the majors, the right-hander compiled a 3.60 ERA with a 79/53 K/BB ratio. He was outrighted by the Nationals in November.

Mattheus broke his pitching hand in May 2013 due to punching a locker in frustration after allowing five runs to the Padres. He has struggled to find success on the mound ever since.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.