Red Sox sign outfielder Chris Young to multi-year deal
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported Monday afternoon that Young had signed with Boston. The 32-year-old Young probably will not start in a crowded Red Sox outfield, but his extreme pull power will play well in Fenway. He fits better in a platoon role, especially considering the fact that he hit for a .972 OPS in 175 plate appearances against southpaws in 2015.
Overall, Young hit .252/.320/.453 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs over 356 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2015. Financial terms of the deal are not yet known, as is the length of the contract.
Cardinals sign catcher Brayan Pena to two-year, $5 million deal
The St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of Pena to a two-year deal. He will fill in as Yadier Molina's backup in 2016 and 2017, where he can provide a start if needed. Pena had been serving as the Reds' backup catcher since 2014, but saw increased action due to injuries to Devin Mesoraco.
Last season, Pena posted a solid line over 367 plate appearances. He hit .273/.334/.324 with no home runs and 18 RBIs. Defensively, the 33-year-old is just above-average, according to FanGraphs. He was worth 0.2 fWAR last season.
Braves sign Jim Johnson to one-year, $2.5 million deal
The Braves announced the signing of Johnson Monday evening, adding the right-hander back to their bullpen. He spent the first half of the 2015 season with Atlanta and pitched really well. They shipped him to the Dodgers days before the trade deadline and completely fell off the table.
Overall, Johnson went 2-6 with a 4.46 ERA in 66 2/3 innings pitched last season, working to a 50 to 20 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The former Athletics' closer was much better during his tenure with the Braves. He posted a 2.25 ERA and 3.24 FIP in 48 innings out of Atlanta's bullpen. In 2016, he'll be a veteran presence in a relatively young bullpen outside of Jason Grilli.