notebook: Phillies sign Santana to 3-year, $60 million pact
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[December 16, 2017]
The Sports Xchange
The Philadelphia Phillies added a
consistent bat to their lineup on Friday by agreeing to a
three-year, $60 million contract with first baseman Carlos Santana.
The Phillies also signed right-handed reliever Pat Neshek to a
two-year, $16.25 million contract.
The 31-year-old Santana has been a mainstay for the Cleveland
Indians with more than 600 plate appearances in each of the past
seven seasons. He batted .259 with 23 homers and 79 RBIs last
Santana hit 20 or more homers on five occasions for the Indians,
including a career-best 34 in 2016 when Cleveland advanced to the
World Series. Santana has 174 career homers and 587 RBIs to go with
a .249 batting average since reaching the majors in 2010.
Neshek began last season with the Phillies and made the National
League All-Star team before being traded to the Colorado Rockies.
The 37-year-old Neshek went 5-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 71 appearances
--The San Diego Padres acquired shortstop Freddy Galvis from the
Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Enyel De Los Santos.
Galvis, 28, is slated to become a free agent following the season.
He played in all 162 games last season and batted .255 with 12
homers and 61 RBIs last season.
The top-notch defender committed just seven errors last season and
eight in 2016. Galvis has a .245 average with 52 homers, 233 RBIs
and 43 steals in parts of six seasons with the Phillies. He was the
starting shortstop each of the past three seasons.
The right-handed De Los Santos went 10-6 with a 3.78 ERA in 26
appearances (24 starts) at Double-A San Antonio last season. He
turns 22 on Christmas Day.
--The Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms with free-agent infielder
Zack Cozart on a three-year contract, the team announced.
The Angels did not disclose financial terms, but the deal is worth a
reported $38 million for Cozart to likely start at third base.
Cozart, 32, played seven major league seasons with the Cincinnati
Reds. He set career highs in 2017 with a .297 batting average, 80
runs scored, seven triples, 24 home runs, 55 extra-base hits, 240
total bases and a .933 OPS, while also matching his 2013 career high
with 63 RBIs. He earned his first All-Star selection after being
chosen as a starter for the National League via fan balloting.
--The Minnesota Twins signed right-handed closer Fernando Rodney to
a one-year contract with a club option for the 2019 season, the team
The deal, which was reported Thursday by multiple outlets, could
reach $6 million with incentives.
Rodney, 40, spent the 2017 season as the Arizona Diamondbacks'
closer, converting 39 saves and posting a record of 5-4 with a 4.23
ERA over 55 1/3 innings (26 walks, 65 strikeouts) in 53 appearances.
The Dominican Republic native has played in parts of 15 major league
seasons with Detroit (2002-2009), the Los Angeles Angels (2010-11),
Tampa Bay (2012-13), Seattle (2014-15), the Chicago Cubs (2015), San
Diego (2016), Miami (2016) and Arizona (2017).
--Outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and the Cleveland Indians agreed on a
one-year, minor league deal, according to multiple reports.
Upton, 33, will receive a base salary of $1.5 million if he makes
the Cleveland roster.
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Upton dealt with thumb and shoulder injuries most of last season and
didn't play in the majors. He played in 12 games for Triple-A
Sacramento, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, before being
released in late August.
In 2016, Upton batted .238 with 20 homers, 61 RBIs and 27 steals
while splitting the season between the San Diego Padres and Toronto
Blue Jays. Upton owns a .243 career average with 164 homers, 586
RBIs and 300 stolen bases during parts of 12 big-league seasons.
--The Houston Astros agreed to terms on a two-year contract with
free-agent right-handed reliever Hector Rondon, the team announced.
Though terms of the deal were not announced, the 29-year-old Rondon
was expected to command in the neighborhood of $4.5 million to $5
million annually, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Rondon, 29, spent his five seasons in the major leagues as a member
of the Chicago Cubs' bullpen, where he posted an 18-13 record with a
3.22 ERA over 296 1/3 innings, and 77 saves and 303 strikeouts. Last
season, Rondon struck out 69 batters in 57 1/3 innings, going 4-1
with a 4.24 ERA and a career-high 10.83 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.
--Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Lary, who won 123 games over
11 seasons, died this week, the team announced Friday. He was 87.
The Northport, Ala., native died Wednesday night after being
hospitalized in Tuscaloosa with pneumonia.
Lary, nicknamed the "Yankee Killer" after going 27-10 against the
New York Yankees from 1955-61, pitched with the Tigers from 1954-64.
The right-hander led the American League with 21 wins in 1956, was a
two-time All-Star and won the Gold Glove Award in 1961.
Lary, who also played for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Braves and
Chicago White Sox, went 128-116 with a 3.49 ERA in 350 games (292
--Pete Rose's defamation lawsuit against attorney John Dowd was
dismissed by a federal court judge in Pennsylvania.
The two sides reached an agreement prior to Rose being deposed,
according to ESPN.
In July 2016, Rose filed suit in U.S. District Court in Eastern
Pennsylvania against Dowd, whose investigation 28 years ago helped
get the all-time hits leader thrown out of baseball.
Rose, who is now 76, sued over Dowd's assertions on the radio in
2015 that Rose had committed statutory rape decades earlier. Rose
was seeking unspecified damages from Dowd.
--Hall of Famer Tim Raines is rejoining the Chicago White Sox as a
team ambassador along with former right-hander Jose Contreras and
catcher A.J. Pierzynski, the team announced.
Raines, 58, batted .283 with 98 doubles, 28 triples, 50 home runs,
277 RBIs, 440 runs scored and 143 stolen bases in 648 games with the
White Sox from 1991-95. He holds the franchise all-time record with
an 82.7 stolen-base percentage (143 of 173).
Contreras, 46, played six seasons with the White Sox from 2004-09,
going 55-56 with a 4.66 ERA over 900 innings and 628 strikeouts in
148 games (146 starts). Pierzynski, 40, batted .279 with 198
doubles, 118 home runs, 460 RBIs and 452 runs scored in 1,068 games
over eight seasons with Chicago from 2005-12. He ranks third
all-time among White Sox catchers in home runs.
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