Storylines: Braves, Johnson agree to extension
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.
Here are the stories from Thursday, May 1st.
- The Braves have agreed to a contract extension with third baseman Chris Johnson, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal reported that the contract is for three years and includes a club option. That means that Atlanta will buy out both of Johnson’s final two arb-eligible seasons along with a free agent year, while controlling the rights to another.
- According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians had 21 SB/104 BB in March/April, but just 106 runs. That's the fewest runs with that many SB/BB in a month by Cleveland since May 1918 (100 R).
- Clint Frazier's first home run of the season came last night for the Low-A Lake County Captains. Frazier, the Indians' No. 2 prospect and No. 45 overall throughout Major League Baseball, went 1-for-4 and struck out twice. The Indians selected Frazier with the fifth overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
News and Notes:
- The Mets‘ relatively low payroll has left them with the ability to make additions that will boost the payroll on the trade market this summer, GM Sandy Alderson told Tyler Kepner of the New York Times on Wednesday.
- Starter Scott Baker has not elected his opt-out clause with the Rangers, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com, after apparently not finding a major league opportunity elsewhere. If he finds such a chance, however, Baker will be able to opt out at that time, Cotillo added.
- In his podcast yesterday, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney touched on several topics relating to the Tigers. Club GM Dave Dombrowski, who joined for an interview, said that he is still looking internally first for bullpen solutions, calling it "a little early for clubs to be making trades at this time."
- The Angels, who have reportedly run into difficulties in their negotiations for a new deal to extend the team’s lease in Anaheim, are discussing potential alternative sites in two other California locations, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times: Tustin and, most recently, Irvine. A 2016 opt-out of the team’s current lease is looming in the near future.
- Former Indians left-hander Tony Sipp asked for and was granted his release by the Padres so that he could sign a Major League contract with the Astros, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
- Despite the early struggles of Edward Mujica, it doesn’t appear likely that the Red Sox will end up signing Hanrahan, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
- The Dodgers announced that they designated outfielder Nick Buss for assignment and selected the contract of right-hander Red Patterson, who made his Major League debut and started the second game of yesterday’s double-header against the Twins.
- The Blue Jays announced that they designated outfielder Moises Sierra for assignment in order to clear a 40-man and 25-man roster spot for infielder Steven Tolleson. Toronto also announced that Jonathan Diazwas optioned to Triple-A Buffalo, with outfielder Anthony Gose being recalled to take his place.