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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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