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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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