Weaver and Padres have deal in place

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - SPRING TRAIN­ING NOTES

Right-han­der Jered Weaver has agreed to a one-year, $3 mil­lion deal with the San Diego Padres af­ter 11 sea­sons with the Los An­ge­les An­gels.

Weaver and the Padres con­firmed the long-an­tic­i­pated deal Satur­day, pend­ing a phys­i­cal.

The 34-year-old Weaver had spent his en­tire ca­reer with the An­gels, go­ing 150-93 with a 3.55 ERA and three all-star selections. The An­gels didn’t re-sign him af­ter Weaver went 19-24 over the past two sea­sons with the two worst ERAs of his ca­reer and stark de­clines in his ve­loc­ity.

Weaver will join the jum­bled com­pe­ti­tion for a ro­ta­tion spot with the Padres, who have no es­tab­lished re­turn­ing starters.

Weaver re­acted to the deal on his new Twit­ter ac­count, post­ing a photo of him­self at An­gel Sta­dium.

He wrote: “Want to thank all the An­gel fans for your sup­port over the years! Wish we could have brought a trophy to the city of Ana­heim! Much Love!”

Weaver also posted a graphic of Will Fer­rell in char­ac­ter as Ron Bur­gundy, the San Diego news­man from the two “An­chor­man” films: “Look for­ward to hav­ing some scotch with this ter­rific news an­chor!”

Weaver pitched in four post­sea­sons with the An­gels af­ter join­ing the big league club in 2006. He threw a no-hit­ter in May 2012, and his 150 wins are the sec­ond most in An­gels his­tory, be­hind only Chuck Fin­ley’s 165.

AN­GELS: Cen­ter fielder Mike Trout ar­rived at spring train­ing with a new hair­cut, a vow to steal more bases and a sub­tle dig at the gov­er­nor of New Jersey.

Trout, who grew up about 45 miles from Philadel­phia in Mil­lville, N.J., took a diplo­matic ap­proach in re­sponse to Chris Christie’s as­ser­tion this week that the Phillies have an “an­gry, bit­ter fan base” filled with “aw­ful peo­ple.”

But he couldn’t re­sist tak­ing a play­ful jab at Christie and his NFL al­le­giances.

“As an Ea­gles fan, we’re pas­sion­ate about the team and we want them to win and to do good,” Trout said. “In sports in gen­eral, [Phillies fans] love their teams.

“I think he’s a Cow­boys fan, right?” Trout said of Christie. “I was sorry to hear that.”

Mean­while, An­gels owner Arte Moreno said he is com­mit­ted to long-term im­prove­ments to both the team’s ros­ter and its ven­er­a­ble sta­dium.

The An­gels will re­main in An­gel Sta­dium un­til at least 2029, Moreno said.

Moreno said he also be­lieves the An­gels will soon be in bet­ter fi­nan­cial shape to pur­sue base­ball’s top play­ers this year and be­yond, boost­ing their chances of build­ing a win­ner around Trout, a two-time Amer­i­can League MVP.

An­gel Sta­dium opened in 1966 as Ana­heim Sta­dium, built on acres of for­mer or­ange groves as the home for the Los An­ge­les area’s AL ex­pan­sion team. Only Dodger Sta­dium (1962), Wrigley Field (1914) and Fen­way Park (1912) are older.

DODGERS: Clay­ton Ker­shaw will make his seventh straight Open­ing Day start for Los An­ge­les, ty­ing Don Sut­ton’s fran­chise record.

“You take a lit­tle bit of pride in want­ing to do it ev­ery year,” Ker­shaw said. “I’m thank­ful to get to do it so long for the same team. Not a lot of peo­ple get to do that. It’s pretty cool.”

The an­nounce­ment was no sur­prise. It took Man­ager Dave Roberts four days into spring train­ing to say Ker­shaw will start April 3 at home against the San Diego Padres.

Sut­ton made seven straight starts from 1972 through 1978. Don Drys­dale had seven Open­ing Day starts but not in suc­ces­sive years. Fer­nando Valen­zuela made six. Ker­shaw is 4-0 with two node­ci­sions on Open­ing Day.

Vet­eran free agent in­fielder Chase Ut­ley of­fi­cially re­turned to the Dodgers on Satur­day, agree­ing to a one-year, $2 mil­lion con­tract.

Ut­ley said he had re­ceived two other of­fers but de­cided on the Dodgers be­cause of the club’s chem­istry.

REDS: Cincin­nati ex­pects out­fielder Ryan Raburn, 35, to pass a phys­i­cal and sign a mi­nor league deal Sun­day, giv­ing it an­other player to com­pete for a role off the bench.

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