Blue Jays ink John Buck to one-year deal

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John Buck headshot.jpgThe Blue Jays have signed catcher John Buck to a one-year, $2 million contract, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Buck was non-tendered by the Royals on Saturday.



The 29-year-old backstop batted .247/.299/.484 with eight home runs and
36 RBI in 186 at-bats in ’09, throwing out 16% of would-be
basestealers. He has a .235/.299/.484 career slashline in parts of six
major league seasons.




Blue Jays general manager Alex
Anthopoulos non-tendered catcher Raul Chavez on Saturday, as well,
leaving Toronto without any catchers on their 40-man roster. Buck will
serve as an adequate one-year stopgap for top prospect J.P. Arencibia.




Royals general manager Dayton Moore
didn’t want to dish it the nearly $3 million it would have taken to
keep Buck, but that doesn’t make the two-year, $6 million contract for
Jason Kendall any more reasonable.

Report: Red Sox expected to announce J.D. Martinez signing on Monday

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Tomorrow will mark a week since the Red Sox reportedly inked outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract. The signing hasn’t been made official yet, however, due to an apparent medical issue. That will change tomorrow morning as the Red Sox have a press conference scheduled with Martinez where they’re expected to announce the signing at long last, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the terms of the deal aren’t expected to change. Presumably, the Red Sox had some safeguards put into the contract to protect them against whatever spooked them with the results of Martinez’s physical.

Martinez, 30, was the top free agent hitter after batting .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances last season with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. He has expressed an interest in continuing to play in the outfield, but MLB.com’s Ian Browne says he will get a majority of his playing time as a DH with the Red Sox. Hanley Ramirez will share first base with Mitch Moreland.