From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Rays and left-hander David Price avoided salary arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year deal.
The exact financial details haven’t been disclosed.
Price, a Super Two qualifier who’s arbitration-eligible for the second time, turned in a dominant 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 in 31 starts last season for Tampa Bay en route to capturing Cy Young Award honors in the American League. He was named an All-Star in July and wound up with a few MVP votes.
The 27-year-old southpaw is not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 campaign. He owns a 3.16 career ERA through four-plus MLB seasons.
UPDATE, 7:47 PM: According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Price will get “just over $10 million” in 2013. That’s more than double the $4.35 million he made last season in his first year of salary arbitration.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.