Victorino joins Red Sox for three years, $39 million
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The fast-moving Boston Red Sox made their second splashy move of the winter meetings, agreeing Tuesday to a $39 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino.
A day after giving Mike Napoli a $39 million, three-year deal, the Red Sox made Victorino their fourth free-agent addition of the offseason after agreements with outfielder Jonny Gomes and catcher David Ross.
Nicknamed The Flyin’ Hawaiian, Victorino tweeted earlier Tuesday that he planned to spend the day in Maui on a snorkeling trip aboard the Alii Nui catamaran.
“Just agreed to join the Boston @RedSox in the middle of paradise,” he tweeted later on. “#BLESSED!!! Can’t wait to get to Boston!”
Victorino would earn $13 million annually. The deal is subject to a physical, as is Boston’s agreement with Napoli.
Victorino hit a combined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs last season for Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who acquired him in late July. He also stole a career-high 39 bases. A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Victorino turned 32 on Friday.
source: Haren, Washington near deal: Free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under condition of anonymity because no deal was announced.
Washington had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, and could boost it by adding Haren, an All-Star from 2007-09.
Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts and 176.2 innings for the Los Angeles Angels.
Wright, Mets finalize $138 million, 8-year deal: David Wright and the New York Mets finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract Tuesday, the largest deal in the team’s history.
The contract was agreed to last week, subject to a physical, and the team said Wright planned to discuss it Wednesday at the winter meetings. Wright’s new deal replaces the $16 million salary he was to have earned under a 2013 option in his previous contract. The new deal contains deferred money.
Wright, who turns 30 on Dec. 20, batted .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs last season as the Mets went 74-88 and finished fourth in the NL East for the fourth straight year. He also had a .391 on-base percentage to go with 41 doubles and 15 stolen bases.
Soria, Texas finalize $8 million, 2-year deal: Injured closer Joakim Soria and the Texas Rangers finalized their $8 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.
Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3. The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced in 2003.
Soria, whose deal includes a team option for 2015, will be a setup man for Joe Nathan.
Hinske agrees to 1-year deal: Free agent Eric Hinske agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While the deal was not announced, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson discussed it at the winter meetings.
“Just a veteran guy, left-handed bat, mostly thinking about bench for him,” Gibson said. “He’s got experience, understands how to read people, a little first base probably, but he probably could go third or outfield in a pinch in an extra-inning game. His mentality is somewhat one that I can relate to, very intense. I like that.”
A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Hinske spent the past three years with the Atlanta Braves. He hit .197 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 132 at-bats this year, seeing time at first base, left field and right field.
LOPEZ SHIPPED TO COLORADO: The Houston Astros have traded reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named to the Colorado Rockies for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham. The deal was announced Tuesday night and was the first trade at the winter meetings.
Lopez was 6-3 with 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 64 games for the Astros last season. Known for his sharp control, he struck out 54 and walked just eight in 66 1-3 innings. The 29-year-old righty has done well at inducing groundballs and spent the last four seasons with Houston.
The 24-year-old White split last season with the Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs. He was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA in 23 games for the Rockies, including 20 starts. He was the 15th overall pick in the 2009 draft, taken by Cleveland.
The 23-year-old Gillingham was 6-8 with a 3.66 ERA at Class-A Asheville in his first full pro season.
Second baseman Marco Scutaro is staying in San Francisco, agreeing to a $20 million, three-year contract with the Giants.
Vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said Tuesday night the sides had agreed to a deal, pending a physical.
Scutaro had been weighing a two-year contract offer that included a vesting option — but he was seeking a three-year deal to remain with the World Series champions. The Giants and Scutaro’s representatives met Tuesday at the winter meetings.
The 37-year-old Scutaro, the NL championship series MVP, batted .362 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 61 games with the Giants after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Colorado.
Butler named outstanding DH: Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.
Butler received 80 of the 84 first-place votes in balloting by club beat writers, broadcasters and AL public relations departments announced Tuesday, beating Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion.
Butler batted .313 with 32 doubles, 29 homers and 107 RBIs last season.