The Associated PressANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angels have acquired pitcher Jim Johnson and the Atlanta Braves’ remaining $1.21 million in international bonus signing allocation for minor league left-hander Justin Kelly, a deal that raises Los Angeles’ possible bonus offer to Shohei Ohtani to $1,315,000.
Los Angeles had been 28th among the 30 teams in bonus space for Ohtani. The trade Thursday listed the Angels to seventh behind Texas ($3,535,000), the New York Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500) and Miami ($1.49 million).
Ohtani, coveted as a pitcher and an outfielder, could be posted as soon as Friday by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Pacific League and be available to any major league team willing to pay his team’s posting fee, expected to be the $20 million maximum.
A 34-year-old right-hander, Johnson had 22 saves while spending the first four months of last season as the Braves’ closer. He had 51 saves over parts of three seasons with Atlanta. Johnson pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. He had the best seasons of his career with Baltimore in 2012 and 2013, racking up a combined 101 saves.
Johnson gets $4.5 million next year in the second season of a $10 million, two-year contract.
‘Inappropriate’ Zaun dumped
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays TV analyst Gregg Zaun has been fired from Sportsnet for “inappropriate behavior and comments” toward female employees.
Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media, said in a statement Thursday that the company was terminating Zaun’s contract immediately.
“This week, we received complaints from multiple female employees at Sportsnet regarding inappropriate behavior by Gregg Zaun in the workplace,” the statement said. “After investigating the matter, we decided to terminate his contract, effective immediately. This type of behavior completely contradicts our standards and our core values. We believe in a professional workplace where all employees feel comfortable and respected. We are grateful to our employees who spoke with us and we will take every measure to protect their privacy.”Speech