Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins “are expected to sign” third baseman/first baseman Chris Johnson, who was released by the Indians two weeks ago despite being owed $17.5 million on his contract.
Johnson was traded from Atlanta to Cleveland as part of a swap of bad contracts that saw Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher go back to the Braves, so the Indians never really intended for him to be part of their long-term plans.
Johnson has been productive at times thanks to a sky-high batting average on balls in play, but once that luck wore off his horrible plate discipline and mediocre power left him as a .261 hitter with a .644 OPS in 2014/2015. He’ll compete for a bench spot in Miami and because Cleveland is on the hook for his previous contract Johnson will make the MLB minimum.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.