Mike Napoli, Red Sox finalize 1-year deal: MLB moves
3-year pact between 2 sides fell through after health concerns over Napoli's hip
Mike Napoli has signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox after a multiyear deal fell through because of health concerns.
The $5 million US contract signed Tuesday includes possible bonuses that could raise its total value to $13 million.
Napoli, a catcher-first baseman, originally agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract at last month's winter meetings, subject to a successful physical. But that wasn't finalized after the team became concerned about the condition of his hip.
Napoli spent the past two seasons with the Texas Rangers after playing his first five for the Los Angeles Angels. He batted .227 last year with 24 homers and 56 RBIs and was chosen for his first All-Star game.
The Red Sox also designated right-hander Chris Carpenter for assignment.
Phillies add outfield depth with Delmon Young signing
The Phillies have signed Delmon Young to a one-year deal for $750,000 US, adding to their outfield depth.
The 27-year-old outfielder batted .267 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBIs for Detroit last season. He was the MVP of the American League championship series, batting .313 with three homers and a team-high nine RBIs during 13 playoff games.
Young's deal includes performances bonuses.
Young was Tampa Bay's first overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft. He has batted .284 with 89 homers and 482 RBIs with Tampa Bay (2006-07), Minnesota (2008-11) and Detroit.
Cardinals give Motte $12M deal
Reliever Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
The 30-year-old right-hander had a career-high 42 saves in 49 chances last year, when he was 4-5 with a 2.75 ERA. He made $2 million.
Motte is 17-13 with a 2.87 ERA and 54 saves since his major league debut in 2008. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
St. Louis announced the deal on Tuesday. Two Cardinals remain in arbitration: third baseman David Freese and left hander Marc Rzepczynski. If they fail to reach agreements, hearings would be held next month in Phoenix before three-arbitrator panels.
Rays add reliever Oviedo
The Tampa Bay Rays have added their second pitcher with a new name.
The Rays agreed Tuesday on a minor league contract with right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo, who played under the fake name Leo Nunez before an eight-week suspension by Major League Baseball last year for age and identity fraud.
Last month the Rays agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez, who previously drew a three-week suspension from MLB for playing under the name Fausto Carmona.
Tampa Bay also agreed to minor league deals with right-handers Jamey Wright and Juan Sandoval, and outfielder Shelley Duncan.