AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Tampa Bay left-hander David Price got a
big deal Thursday, a $14 million, one-year contract. That will be just a
small fraction of the mega-contract Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles
Dodgers are likely to finalize Friday on one of the busiest days of
baseball's offseason calendar.
Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award
winner, agreed to the biggest single-season salary in Rays history. The
three-time All-Star, eligible for free agency after the 2015 season,
hopes he remains with the budget-minded franchise.
"I still have
the mindset moving forward that I want to be with the Rays," said Price,
who at the end of last season seemed resigned to an offseason trade.
he's traded, Price believes it wouldn't be before Japanese pitcher
Masahiro Tanaka decides where to sign. Teams have until Jan. 24 to reach
an agreement with Tanaka, a 25-year-old right-hander who was 24-0 with a
1.27 ERA last year for the Japan Series champion Rakuten Golden Eagles.
"I want to be part of it. I think we're going to have a really good season," Price said.
Oakland closer Jim Johnson, acquired from Baltimore last month, agreed
to a $10 million, one-year deal with the Athletics, who also struck a
$2.3 million deal with catcher John Jaso. Johnson's 50 saves tied for
the big league lead last year, when he was 3-8 with a 2.94 ERA.
who agreed Thursday included Philadelphia right-hander Kyle Kendrick
($7,675,000), Mets first baseman Ike Davis ($3.5 million), Colorado
right-hander Wilton Lopez ($2.2 million), Cincinnati outfielder Chris
Heisey ($1.76 million), Kansas City left-hander Tim Collins ($1,362,500)
and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli ($700,000).
night 16 players had agreed to contracts among the 146 who filed for
arbitration Tuesday. That doesn't include Kershaw, who had a pending
$215 million, seven-year deal set to be announced by the Dodgers. Los
Angeles scheduled a Friday news conference.
Kershaw's deal is the largest for a pitcher and has the highest average salary of any player at $30.7 million.
in arbitration who haven't reached agreements will exchange proposed
salaries Friday. Among those scheduled to swap are Detroit pitcher Max
Scherzer, Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati pitcher
Aroldis Chapman, Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore catcher Matt
Wieters and Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.
Of the 133
players who filed last year, none went to hearings — the first time
since the process began in 1974 that every case settled.
free agents, catcher John Buck finalized a $1 million contract with
Seattle on Thursday. Cleveland gave a minor league deal to outfielder
Nyjer Morgan, who played in Japan last year. Brad Penny and Guillermo
Mota agreed to minor league contracts with Kansas City.