Weaver and Padres have deal in place
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.