This isn’t quite on the level of the reported Alex Rios deal, but the Royals announced today they signed right-hander Yohan Pino to a one-year, major league contract. Exact terms aren’t yet known.
Pino, who turns 31 later this month, made 11 starts for the Twins this past season and posted a 5.07 ERA and 50/14 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. He had a 2.47 ERA and 72/24 K/BB ratio in 73 innings over nine starts and seven relief appearances in Triple-A. The move gives the Royals some rotation depth at the very least.
In order to clear a spot for Pino on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated right-hander Casey Coleman for assignment. The 27-year-old has compiled a 5.72 ERA over 26 starts and 32 relief appearances in the majors, including a 5.25 ERA and 5/6 K/BB ratio over 12 innings this past season.
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.