Orioles sign Johnson, Hammel to one-year deals

BALTIMORE — All-Star closer Jim Johnson will make $6.5 million and pitcher Jason Hammel will earn $6.75 million under their one-year contracts with the Baltimore Orioles.

In addition, the Orioles were working toward a $5.8 million, two-year contract with Darren O’Day. The agreement, subject to a physical, would pay him $2.2 million this year and $3.2 million in 2014. The Orioles would have a $4.25 million option for 2015 with a $400,000 buyout.

The three right-handers were Baltimore’s only players in arbitration.

The 29-year-old Johnson led the majors with a franchise-record 51 saves last season. He went 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA and won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year award.

Hammel, 30, was 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts for Baltimore last season.

O’Day, also 30, was 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 69 relief appearances.

Cardinals

Freese gets $3.15 miLlion under one-year deal: Former World Series MVP David Freese will earn $3.15 million under his one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, nearly six times the $518,000 he made last year.

A St. Louis County native, Freese hit .283 with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs last season and earned his first All-Star appearance.

Freese, MVP of the 2011 World Series win over Texas, had asked for $3.75 million and had been offered $2.4 million when players and teams exchanged arbitration figures last month.

Diamondbacks

Hill agrees to four-year, $40 million contract: In Phoenix, infielder Aaron Hill’s $40.5 million, four-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks calls for salaries of $11 million in 2014 and $12 million in each of the following two seasons.

The 30-year-old Hill, a former LSU star, will earn $5.5 million this year. He hit a career-high .302 last year with 26 homers, 44 doubles and 85 RBIs.

Barajas takes minor league deal: In Phoenix, catcher Rod Barajas has returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he started his major league career.

The team said Sunday the 37-year-old agreed to a minor league contract.

Barajas hit .206 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 321 at-bats for Pittsburgh last year. According to STATS, he threw out just four of 97 runners attempting to steal on him.

Cubs

Hairston, Chicago finalize 2-year contract: In Mesa, Ariz., outfielder Scott Hairston and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old Hairston hit .263 with a career-high 20 homers, 57 RBIs and 25 doubles last year in his second season with the New York Mets.

He has a .247 career average with 95 homers and 279 RBIs.

Reds

Galarraga agrees to contract: In Cincinnati, pitcher Armando Galarraga has agreed to a minor league contract with the Reds.

The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts last year with the Houston Astros. Galarraga has a 26-34 record with a 4.78 ERA in 91 starts and nine relief appearances over six major league seasons that also included stops in Texas and Detroit.

He lost a perfect game on June 2, 2010, while pitching for Detroit when first base umpire Jim Joyce called Cleveland’s Jason Donald safe on what replays showed should have been the final out of the game. Joyce admitted after the game that his call was incorrect.

Indians

Cleveland, Matsuzaka reach deal: In Cleveland, right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Indians have agreed to a minor league contract.

Matsuzaka has won 50 major league games since signing a $52 million, six-year contract with Boston as free agent in 2007. Dice-K is reuniting with Terry Francona, his manager for most of his time with the Red Sox.

Matsuzaka went 33-15 with a 3.72 ERA in 61 starts for Boston in 2007-08. However, he has been limited to 18 starts and 83 innings the past two seasons after right elbow surgery in 2011.

On Saturday, the Indians signed 42-year-old slugger Jason Giambi to a minor league deal. A five-time All-Star, Giambi has 429 homers — just one in 89 at-bats for Colorado last year — 1405 RBIs and a .280 average in 18 major league seasons with Oakland, the Yankees and Rockies. Known for his patience at the plate, Giambi has a career on-base percentage of .403.

Pirates

Liriano guaranteed $1 million, could earn $13.75 million: In Pittsburgh, left-hander Francisco Liriano is guaranteed $1 million under his contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and can earn up to $13.75 million plus award bonuses over two years if he pitches regularly and an injury to his non-throwing arm doesn’t land him on the disabled list.

He can make $5.25 million this year and $8.5 million in 2014 if he pitches 200 innings a season.

The 29-year-old is 53-54 with a 4.40 ERA in seven major league seasons. He went 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA in 2012 while splitting the season between the Twins and White Sox.

Dodgers

Lowe reaches minor league deal: In Los Angeles, Mark Lowe and the Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract, giving the team another bullpen option in spring training.

The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 36 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last year, when he didn’t pitch in the major leagues from June 25 to Aug. 10 because of a strained muscle in his right side.