Red Sox prospect Brian Johnson was carjacked in Florida

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Red Sox pitching prospect Brian Johnson was carjacked in Cocoa Beach, Florida early Friday, FloridaToday.com reports. Johnson and his friends (one of whom was the car’s owner) were not harmed, fortunately.

A 31-year-old man was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with carjacking, aggravated assault, persons engaged in a criminal offense having weapons, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and violation of felony probation.

Thomas Carrigan, the car’s owner, described how it happened:

Carrigan told police that he was sitting in his vehicle with the door open when a vehicle pulled up behind the car. A man got out and began yelling at one of the passengers before he approaching Carrigan with a handgun.

At one point, Carrigan said the man yelled: “I will kill you, give me you (expletive) keys.”

Carrigan relinquished the keys. After that, attacker fired a bullet into the ground and Carrigan was struck by a fragment in his right leg.

Johnson lives in Cocoa Beach and had been in Florida since September rehabbing his left elbow. The 24-year-old made 18 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket and one in the big leagues but hit the shelf in early August when he was diagnosed with an ulnar nerve issue.

(Cap tip to WEEI’s Rob Bradford.)

Shohei Ohtani agrees to $30 million deal for 2023 with Angels

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani agreed to a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season in the two-way superstar’s final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency.

The Angels announced the deal, avoiding a potentially complicated arbitration case with the 2021 AL MVP.

Ohtani’s deal is fully guaranteed, with no other provisions. The contract is the largest ever given to an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $27 million given to Mookie Betts by the Boston Red Sox in January 2020, a month before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ohtani is having another incredible season at the plate and on the mound for the Angels, regularly accomplishing feats that haven’t occurred in the major leagues since Babe Ruth’s heyday. He is a strong contender for the AL MVP award again alongside the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who has tied the AL home run record and is closing in on the batting Triple Crown.

Ohtani is batting .276 with 34 homers, 94 RBIs and a .888 OPS as the Halos’ designated hitter. He is 15-8 with a 2.35 ERA and 213 strikeouts as their ace on the mound, and opponents are batting only .207 against him.

The 28-year-old Ohtani still will be a free agent after the 2023 season, and his future could be tied to the immediate fortunes of the Angels, who will complete their seventh consecutive losing season next week. The Angels didn’t trade Ohtani at the deadline despite being out of the playoff race again, and Ohtani is wildly popular among the club’s fans.

Ohtani repeatedly has said winning will be an important factor in choosing his home beyond 2023, and Angels owner Arte Moreno is currently exploring a sale of the team.

Moreno’s leadership has been widely criticized during the Angels’ mostly miserable run of play since 2009, and a fresh start with deep-pocketed new owners could be the best chance to persuade Ohtani to stay with the franchise he joined in 2018 from Japan. Ohtani immediately won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and he rounded into unique form last season after recovering fully from Tommy John surgery.