Author: Aaron Gleeman

ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

Daniel Nava avoids arbitration with the Red Sox


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.

Ramon Santiago signs with the Blue Jays

Ramon Santiago

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.

Blue Jays sign Ronald Belisario

Ronald Belisario

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.