From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres reached agreement Wednesday on a two-year extension with outfielder Chris Denorfia.
He’ll get $2 million in 2013 and $2.25 million in ’14.
Denorfia has posted a respectable .290/.346/.445 batting line with six home runs, 16 doubles and 30 RBI across 314 plate appearances this season for fourth-place San Diego while making 48 starts in right field, 10 starts in left field and four in center.
The new deal takes care of Denorfia’s final year of arbitration-eligibility and his first year of free agency.
Mark Kotsay also got an extension this summer, so the Friars are all set on mediocre veteran outfielders.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.