SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants and free agent Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell have agreed to a $1.4 million, four-year contract, giving the team an experienced center fielder who can play all three outfield positions.
The club made the announcement Monday, when the team traveled from the Bay Area to Chicago for an interleague series with the White Sox.
Carbonell resides in Merida, Mexico, and will report to Arizona once he has obtained a U.S. work visa, the team said. He receives a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $100,000 annually in the minor leagues. If he is promoted to the majors, his salaries would be $500,000 this year, $525,000 next season, $600,000 in 2016 and $650,000 for 2017.
The deal includes escalators that would bring his 2016 salary to $1 million with 500 or more plate appearances in 2015, and also $1 million for 2017 if he gets 500 or more plate appearances for ‘16.
He would receive performance bonuses of $50,000 each for 300, 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances, and $100,000 each for 500, 550 and 600 plate appearances. He could opt out of the remainder of the deal if he accumulates enough major league service time to become eligible for salary arbitration.
The 23-year-old played for Camaguey in the Cuban Serie Nacional for four years, batting .287 (163 for 568) with nine homers, 70 RBIs, 119 runs, 28 doubles and four triples in 190 games. He hit .298 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 62 games his last season, 2012-2013.
The key for San Francisco was signing Carbonell before July 2, making it count against the team’s 2013-14 international signing pool rather than 2014-15.
Marlins call up
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins called up left-hander Andrew Heaney and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani from Triple-A New Orleans on Monday and have plugged both pitchers into the rotation for this week. It was part of a busy day for the Marlins in which they made roster moves regarding a total of eight players, including left fielder Christian Yelich, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Heaney, the team’s top prospect, will make his big-league debut on Thursday against the New York Mets. The 23-year-old was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft and had a combined record of 7-2 in the minors this season with ERAs of 2.35 in Double A and 2.74 in Triple A.
He will try to shore up a rotation that was rocked last month by the loss of ace right-hander Jose Fernandez to season-ending elbow surgery.
starts streak over at 369
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Bronson Arroyo is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his 15-year career with elbow tendinitis.
The 37-year-old signed with the Diamondbacks during the offseason and had been complaining of a sore arm in recent weeks. He had gone 369 career starts without going on the disabled list, second among active pitchers behind Toronto’s Mark Buerhle at 443 starts.
Arroyo got the season off to a slow start after injuring his back in spring training, but was 3-0 with a 2.95 ERA his past three starts. He is 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts this season.
Pete Rose returns to
manage one game
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Pete Rose stood behind the batting cage Monday, joking as former major leaguer Joe Mather hit ball after ball to center field during batting practice for the Bridgeport Bluefish.
Charlie Hustle’s jersey was too big and he was wearing dress pants as he exchanged lineup cards with Lancaster manager Butch Hobson at home plate. But Rose was back in his element, managing a baseball team, if just for one day.
The 73-year-old whose 4,256 hits are the most in major league history served as guest skipper for the Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League during their game with the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Barnstormers. He also coached first base for the team.