Wednesday’s roundup: Red Sox sign outfielder Young
Boston — Don’t expect any more blockbusters from the Boston Red Sox this offseason, new baseball boss Dave Dombrowski said after announcing a deal with outfielder Chris Young on Wednesday.
The two-year, $13 million contract to make Young a fourth outfielder comes a day after the Red Sox agreed to give potential ace David Price the biggest deal ever for a pitcher: $217 million over seven years. That agreement has not been announced, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations described it to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Price must still pass his physical.
“I feel good about the roster as it is. I think we’ve been able to address really our biggest needs,” Dombrowski said Wednesday during a conference call. “I think our major moves are done. But when you go into the winter meetings, you never know what happens.”
Young, 32, had been with the New York Yankees since August 2014, batting.252 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs in 318 at-bats in 2015. He hit .327 against left-handers this season; with its 37-foot-high Green Monster just 310 feet from the plate in left field, Fenway Park seems idealfor his swing.
“One of my major strengths is pulling the ball. I think that Fenway can be advantageous to that,” Young said. “Hopefully, my just-misses, I can get rewarded for that.”
Right-hander Roman Mendez was designated for assignment.
Padres hire McGwire
One-time home run king Mark McGwire has been named bench coach of the Padres by new manager Andy Green.
McGwire, who in 2010 admitted he used steroids when he broke baseball’s home run record in 1998, had been hitting coach of the Dodgers for the last three seasons.
Other Padres newcomers are hitting coach Alan Zinter, first base coach Tarrik Brock, bullpen coach Doug Bochtler and Eddie Rodriguez, who will serve in a variety of roles.
The Padres also acquired left-hander Drew Pomeranz, minor leaguer lefty Jose Torres and either a player to be named or cash from the Athletics for first baseman Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski.
Returning are pitching coach Darren Balsley and third base coach Glenn Hoffman.
Around the horn
The Orioles acquired outfielder/first baseman Mark Trumbo and left-hander C.J. Riefenhausen from the Mariners for catcher Steve Clevenger.
The 29-year-old Trumbo, who is eligible for arbitration, hit .262 with 22 homers and 64 RBIs in 142 games this year with Arizona and Seattle.
Clevenger batted .287 in 30 games with the Orioles in 2015.
Baltimore also agreed Wednesday to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with right-hander Vance Worley, avoiding arbitration, and designated right-hander Steve Johnson for assignment.
... Catcher A.J. Ellis, 34, has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract to return to the Dodgers, avoiding arbitration.
... First baseman Justin Smoak and the Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract and avoided arbitration.
... Left-hander Felix Doubront has agreed on a one-year, $2 million contract with the A’s, a deal that includes $500,000 in guaranteed money and avoids salary arbitration. The A’s declined to offer a contract to first baseman Ike Davis, who becomes a free agent.
... The Mariners and free-agent outfielder Nori Aoki have reached agreement on a contract for 2016 season, pending a physical, according to two people with knowledge of the deal.
... The Rangers have acquired outfielder/infielder Patrick Kivlehan as the player to be named in a trade last month with the Mariners in which Texas also obtained right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass (Wayne State).
... The Royals acquired backup catcher Tony Cruz from the Cardinals for minor league infielder Jose Martinez and designated catcher Francisco Pena for assignment.
Kansas City declined to offer Greg Holland a 2016 contract, making the former All-Star closer a free agent for the first time as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
... Versatile infielder Gordon Beckham, an Atlanta native and former University of Georgia standout, has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Braves.
... Pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, whose brilliant postseason in 2014 helped the Giants capture their third World Series in five years, was not offered a 2016 contract and became a free agent. Catcher Hector Sanchez also was not offered a deal.
... The Indians acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Angels for cash. Left-hander Nick Hagadone was designated for assignment.