Sports in Brief: Diamondbacks acquire Boxberger from Tampa Bay
PHOENIX — Right-hander Brad Boxberger was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday for minor league right-hander Curtis Taylor.
The 29-year-old Boxberger was an AL All-Star in 2015, when he led the league with 41 saves, but has battled injuries the past two seasons. He went 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 games this year while dealing with a right flexor strain.
Boxberger is 17-20 with a 3.19 ERA over six seasons with San Diego and Tampa Bay.
The 22-year-old Taylor went 3-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 starts for Class A Kane County last season, his second in the Diamondbacks’ system.
Arizona has 15 arbitration-eligible players heading into Friday’s deadline to offer 2018 contracts to unsigned players on 40-man rosters. Tampa Bay cut its total to 11.
Angels get Johnson, international bonus space from Braves
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels acquired pitcher Jim Johnson and the Atlanta Braves’ remaining $1.21 million in international bonus signing allocation on Thursday 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 lifted 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 Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s 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.
Atlanta was penalized by Major League Baseball last week for violating international signing rules. The Angels could use the allocation to sign prospects whose deals with the Braves were voided, a group that includes Venezuelan infielder Kevin Maitan, Venezuelan catcher Abrahan Gutierrez, Dominican shortstop Yunior Severino and Dominican right-hander Juan Contreras ($1.2 million).
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, saving 101 games.
Johnson gets $4.5 million next year in second season of a $10 million, two-year contract.
Kelly had a 3.53 ERA while pitching at five levels of the Angels’ minor league system last season. He made his pro debut in 2016.
Aaron Judge gets 10 votes for New York City mayor
NEW YORK — A unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year Award and runner-up in Most Valuable Player voting, Aaron Judge also received ballots in another election: for New York City mayor.
The New York Yankees right fielder was listed on 10 ballots as a write-in candidate for mayor, according to final totals released late Tuesday by the New York City Board of Elections.
Judge received three votes in New York County (Manhattan and the Marble Hill section of the Bronx), four in Brooklyn, two in Queens and one in Staten Island.
He was far behind Bill de Blasio, who won re-election with 713,634 votes on the Democratic line and 46,478 on the Working Families line.
Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi and former Yankees captain Derek Jeter, now CEO of the Miami Marlins, got two write-in votes apiece.
Kristaps Porzingis, a Latvian player on the NBA’s New York Knicks, received nine write-in votes. There was an additional vote for each of two misspelled variations of his name: Kristaps Porzinais and Kristops Porzingis.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who was benched this week, got one vote.
Misdemeanor assault charge dismissed against Johnny Manziel
DALLAS — A 2016 domestic assault charge against Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel has been dismissed.
The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday confirmed Manziel successfully completed requirements of a court agreement that included taking an anger management course and participating in the NFL’s substance-abuse program. The case was dismissed Nov. 22.
The 24-year-old Manziel also had to stay away from former girlfriend Colleen Crowley, who accused him of hitting and threatening her during a January 2016 night out. Manziel faced a misdemeanor charge that carried a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
The allegations stem from a night out when Crowley said Manziel accosted her at a Dallas hotel, a confrontation that continued downstairs to the valet station. She said he forced her into a car and a valet disregarded her pleas for help. The two eventually drove to where her car was parked in front of a Dallas bar, she said in an affidavit. She said Manziel got into the driver’s seat and began to drive. Crowley said Manziel stopped when she tried to jump out of the car, but then he dragged her back inside and hit her.
Cleveland chose Manziel 22nd overall in the 2014 draft. The Browns cut him in March 2016 after two seasons of inconsistent play and off-the-field issues.
The former Texas A&M star was suspended four games for a substance-abuse violation even though he wasn’t under contract.
Manziel looked north of the border recently and the Canadian Football League said in September that it would not approve a contract for him until next season, if he meets confidential conditions stipulated by the CFL commissioner.