The Boston Red Sox kept the cash freely flowing, this time revving their lineup with Shane Victorino, while the well-armed Washington Nationals...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Boston Red Sox kept the cash freely flowing, this time revving their lineup with Shane Victorino, while the well-armed Washington Nationals reportedly agreed to a deal with Dan Haren at baseball’s winter meetings Tuesday.
In the first two trades of the week, Colorado got effective reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named from Houston for young right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham, and Miami sent recently acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay.
Second baseman Marco Scutaro agreed to a $20 million, three-year contract with San Francisco. Vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said only a physical was left to finalize the deal.
Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets is still the prime trade target, with Boston in the mix.
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Josh Hamilton remains the top free agent amid speculation the slugger will re-sign with Texas. Ace pitcher Zack Greinke also is available, with the Los Angeles Dodgers very interested.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’s been involved in the pursuit of one free agent. He didn’t disclose who it was, but seemed to be enjoying this week’s developments.
“It’s like a smorgasbord of baseball. It’s been good,” Mattingly said.
Boston has been the busiest team this offseason, by far. A day after giving All-Star bat Mike Napoli a $39 million, three-year deal, the Red Sox lured Victorino with the exact contract terms.
“Can’t wait to get to Boston!” Victorino tweeted during a day of snorkeling in Hawaii.
The Red Sox are coming off their worst season since 1965 and trying to reshape the roster. The 32-year-old Victorino is a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner who stole a career-high 39 bases for Philadelphia and the Dodgers last season.
Recently, the Red Sox added Jonny Gomes and David Ross.
“I think we’re making the progress that we’ve hoped, at least in the early going, with adding those types of players,” new manager John Farrell said before the Victorino deal.
Victorino’s arrival could also lead to a trade of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, coming off a down, injury-interrupted season.
The Nationals and Haren agreed on a one-year deal for $13 million according to a person with knowledge of the agreement. No deal was announced.
Washington had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, and want to throw in Haren, an All-Star from 2007-09.
“I’ve got some young guys that act like veterans, and they pitched like veterans last year for me, and a veteran like Dan Haren is just going to make things even better,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the Los Angeles Angels. They nearly traded the 32-year-old righty to the Chicago Cubs after the season, but the deal fell apart. Then the Angels declined their $15.5 million option and paid a $3.5 million buyout.
For the Nationals, Red Sox and several other teams, the dollars didn’t appear to matter too much.
“It seems like this is a market flush with money,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
The price tag on Hamilton figured to be high. The 2010 AL MVP came to Nashville this week, presumably to talk to potential new teams, though Texas could be his landing spot.
“I expect we will get together relatively soon,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “I keep reading that we’ve got a deal done. I keep asking the guys in the room who snuck out and did it.”
The Mets and All-Star third baseman David Wright finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract, the largest deal in team history. The sides reached agreement last week, subject to a physical, and Wright planned to talk about it Wednesday at the meetings.