Former manager Fregosi suffers stroke
Former major league manager and All-Star Jim Fregosi is hospitalized in Miami after suffering an apparent stroke while on a cruise for baseball fans.
A spokeswoman for MSC Cruises says the 71-year-old Fregosi became ill Tuesday as the MSC Divina was headed from Grand Cayman to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship returned to Grand Cayman and Fregosi was later taken to a hospital in Florida.
Fregosi currently works as an executive for the Atlanta Braves, which didn’t respond to requests Thursday for comment.
Fregosi managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant and the 1979 California Angels to their first American League Western Division title.
He played in the majors from 1961 to 1978. His best seasons came with the Angels, where he was six-time All-Star.
Nationals, Ray complete deal: The Washington Nationals filled the last clear-cut need on their roster on the opening day of spring training, acquiring catcher Jose Lobaton and two prospects from the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday for pitcher Nathan Karns.
Lobaton gives the Nationals insurance behind fellow Venezuelan Wilson Ramos, who has never played in more than 108 games in a season because of various injuries.
“He’s a capable backup,” general manager Mike Rizzo said, “in case something does happen with Wilson.”
Brantley signs four-year deal: Michael Brantley was smoothly sidestepping a question about whether he should have won the Gold Glove for going an entire season in the outfield without an error. His boss interrupted him in midsentence.
“He should have won the Gold Glove,” Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said.
Brantley’s response matched his “Dr. Smooth” nickname. He kept right on going, talking about everyone except himself.
“It’s about winning baseball games,” Brantley said.
His devotion to that answer helped him get a $25 million, four-year contract on Thursday as the Indians opened spring training.
Rodney will close for Mariners: The Seattle Mariners have their new closer. Fernando Rodney took part in Seattle’s first workout for pitchers and catchers, soon after the reliever signed a two-year contract worth $14 million.
Rodney reported to spring training on Wednesday and passed his physical, clearing the way for the Mariners to add him to their 40-man roster and announce his contract.
“It feels good to be here,” Rodney said. “You guys know my situation. I just try to come in and close the game. I think we have the right guys here.”
The 36-year-old Rodney was 5-4 with 37 saves and a 3.38 ERA for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013.
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