Manny Machado: “It’s been a while since I felt this healthy and good.”

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is ready for spring training — he’s “itching” for it, in fact, per Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore. Machado said, “I feel great. I haven’t felt like this in, it’s been a while. It’s been a while since I felt this healthy and good. My body feels great, my mind is clear. I’m excited to get back out there.”

Machado underwent the second major surgery of his career in late August, medial patellar femoral ligament reconstruction in his right knee. In October 2013, Machado underwent surgery on his other knee for a similar ailment.

The third baseman was in the midst of another solid season for the Orioles, batting .278/.324/.431 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 354 plate appearances while playing his usual Gold Glove-caliber defense. Machado has been working out in Miami for the past month and intends to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache before showing up to spring training in February.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.