Free agent outfielder Jayson Werth is still looking for work, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Werth has been working out and training with the intention of continuing his playing career.
Werth, 38, completed his seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals when his club was ousted from the playoffs last October. Werth performed well for much of the duration of the contract, but he was often injured and his performance declined towards the end of the deal. Last season, in 70 games, Werth hit .226/.322/.393 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 289 plate appearances.
Given the way the free agent market has panned out, it seems unlikely Werth would get a guaranteed major league contract and may have to settle for a minor league deal if he wants to keep playing. Werth turns 39 in May.
ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.
The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.
“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”
He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.
Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.
His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.
He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.
Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.
He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.