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Angels Acquire Veteran Reliever Jim Johnson And Cash From Braves

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The Los Angeles Angels added to their bullpen on Thursday, as veteran right-handed reliever Jim Johnson was acquired in a trade from the Atlanta Braves.

Not only did Los Angeles acquire Johnson, but were given the remaining $1.21 million in international pool space from Atlanta. This increases the Angels’ chances of signing phenom Shohei Ohtani, who was officially posted by the Nippon-Ham Fighters on Friday.

“This deal puts us in a stronger position in our pursuit of Shohei Ohtani,” said Angels general manager Billy Eppler. “This money was acquired with an eye toward that.”

To complete the trade, the Angels parted ways with Minor League left-hander Justin Kelly.

Johnson, 34, has pitched for five different teams in 12 Major League seasons since 2006. He spent 2017 with the Atlanta Braves and struggled, posting a 5.56 ERA in 61 appearances while blowing nine saves in 31 opportunities.

The hard-throwing 6’6” sinkerballer has appeared in at least 54 games in nine of the last 10 years, and at least 65 games in five of the last seven.

Johnson led the American League in saves in 2012 and 2013, with 51 and 50, respectively, for the Baltimore Orioles. He’s the only AL pitcher to record 50 saves in back-to-back seasons, and just the second in Major League history (Eric Gagne, 2002-03).

Since leaving the Orioles after the 2013 season, Johnson has posted a 4.92 ERA, after a 3.11 mark from 2006-13 with Baltimore.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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