MLB: News and tidbits
With MLB free agency underway, although normally the real action and signings don’t actually occur for at least another month, here are a couple transactions that occurred over the weekend.
As expected the Boston Red Sox re-signed DH/first baseman David Ortiz, to a two-year deal worth $26 million. Ortiz was terrific for the Red Sox last season before battling injury and appearing in just one game after July 16th. He had 23 home runs and 26 doubles in just 383 plate appearances, as well as a .318/.415/.611 batting line.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim worked hard all the way up until last Friday night to try to deal starter Dan Haren. At one point it appeared they were close to a deal with the Chicago Cubs, but nothing came about. Instead the midnight, Saturday deadline hit for the Angels to either pick up Haren’s option, or decline, allowing the veteran to become a free agent. The Angels elected to decline and buyout the final year of Haren’s deal. While Haren, 32, did struggle last season, he did pitch better in the second half of the season and if healthy can possibly bounce back to being a solid number two starter.
The Oakland A’s re-signed veteran starter Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal on Saturday. Colon, 39, pitched very well for the A’s in 2012, posting a 3.43 ERA through 24 starts, before being suspended for 50-games after testing positive for testosterone in August. Colon will still need to serve five games of that suspension to begin the 2013 season.