Billy Beane: “I’m not trading [Stephen] Vogt. Period.”

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The struggling Athletics, at 14-29, are expected to sell as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, but GM Billy Beane is apprehensive to move catcher Stephen Vogt and starter Scott Kazmir. Per Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily, Beane’s plan was to hold onto Kazmir and make him a qualifying offer after the season.

As for Vogt, Beane was firm when a GM asked about him, saying, “I’m not trading Vogt. Period.”

Kazmir, 31, has a 3.08 ERA with a 49/19 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings across eight starts this season. Vogt, 30, has been baseball’s most productive catcher on the offensive end of things, batting .311/.411/.615 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI.

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.