Zack Greinke will stay in the NL West. But surprise — with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Diamondbacks unexpectedly won the Greinke sweepstakes, beating out the rival Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants for the free-agent ace Friday night. He agreed to a $206.5 million, six-year deal, sources told The Associated Press.
The major league ERA leader and runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award boosted the Dodgers to their third straight division title this season. Then, the 32-year-old right-hander opted out of his contract, leaving $71.5 million on the table— and wound up with the richest deal, by yearly average, in baseball history.
The sources spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there hadn’t been an official announcement. Fox Sports first reported an agreement.
Red Sox finalize $217 million, 7-year deal for David Price
BOSTON (AP) — For all the money the Red Sox are paying David Price, the Boston fans don’t just want a pitcher who gives the team a chance to win every five days. And it’s not enough for him to wind up among the Cy Young contenders in the offseason.
With a $217 million, seven-year contract that is the richest ever for a pitcher, the Red Sox are expecting playoff wins.
And that’s the one thing Price hasn’t delivered.
“I think I was just saving all my postseason wins for the Red Sox,” Price said on Friday during his introductory news conference in a Fenway Park function room filled with championship memorabilia.
Tigers agree to $16M,
2-year deal with Pelfrey
DETROIT (AP) — Free-agent right-hander Mike Pelfrey has reached a $16 million, two-year agreement with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal, which was still subject to a successful physical, had not been announced. The 31-year-old Pelfrey would join a Detroit rotation bolstered by the signing of right-hander Jordan Zimmermann less than a week ago.
Pelfrey spent the last three seasons with Minnesota. He went 6-11 with a 4.26 ERA in 2015.
The Tigers have been active this offseason. They’ve also traded for closer Francisco Rodriguez and outfielder Cameron Maybin.
Japanese pitcher Maeda cleared to negotiate with MLB teams
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda moved a step closer to playing in Major League Baseball on Friday when the Hiroshima Carp agreed to post him.
MLB teams can earn the right to negotiate with Maeda for 30 days by agreeing to pay Hiroshima a maximum fee of $20 million.
The 27-year-old right-hander is a two-time winner of the Sawamura Award given to Japan’s top pitcher.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has ‘very treatable’ cancer
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets say general manager Sandy Alderson has cancer and will begin chemotherapy this week.
Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement Friday the cancer is “very treatable” and doctors are “optimistic about his full recovery.” The team did not say what kind of cancer he has.
The 68-year-old Alderson collapsed at a news conference Nov. 4 to announce a contract extension for manager Terry Collins. The Mets say Alderson had a medical procedure three weeks ago and surgery was performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York.