Bryan LaHair, best known for making the All-Star team in 2012 for the Cubs as a 29-year-old career minor leaguer, has signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox.
LaHair struggled mightily in the second half of 2012 and then never played in the majors again, spending 2013 in Japan and last season at Double-A for the Indians.
And he really struggled last year, hitting just .223 with five homers and a .627 OPS in 111 games. LaHair looks destined to go down as one of the least successful All-Stars of all time and he figures to be little more than Triple-A depth for Pawtucket.
Outfielder Daniel Nava and the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million deal, avoiding arbitration.
Nava requested $2.25 million and the Red Sox countered at $1.3 million, so the two sides are settling slightly above the midpoint.
Nava was arbitration eligible for the first time following a season in which he rebounded from a bad first half by hitting .297 with a .765 OPS after the All-Star break. He’s slated for a part-time role this season.
Veteran utility infielder Ramon Santiago has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays.
Santiago spent last season with the Reds, hitting .246 with a .667 OPS in 75 games, and was previously the Tigers’ utility man (and occasional regular) for most of the past decade.
At age 35 he’s strictly a bench player and may have to prove that he still has enough range to cover shortstop defensively to snag a job. He’ll compete for a roster spot on a spring training invite.
Right-hander Ronald Belisario and the Blue Jays have agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, with Shi Davidi of Toronto Sportsnet reporting that it’ll be worth $1.7 million if he makes the team.
Belisario was awful for the White Sox last season, allowing 46 runs in 66 innings, but he posted a 3.24 ERA in 139 innings for the Dodgers during the previous two seasons.
Toronto has clearly been looking for veteran bullpen help after losing Casey Janssen to free agency and the 32-year-old Belisario has a good chance to claim a middle relief role.
Omar Minaya, the former Mets general manager who spent the past few seasons with the Padres as a senior vice president, is leaving that job to join the MLB Players Association.
According to the Associated Press he’ll join the MLBPA as a “special adviser” to union chief Tony Clark.
Just a few months ago there was some speculation that Minaya might return to New York in a front office role with the Yankees, but instead of signing and trading players now he’ll be representing them.