CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs and free-agent reliever Jonathan Holder have agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract that is not guaranteed.
Holder can earn $150,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched under the deal: $50,000 each for 50, 60 and 70.
The 27-year-old right-hander was 10-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 157 games – all but two in relief – over parts of five seasons with the New York Yankees. He was 3-0 with a 4.98 ERA in 18 appearances last year, striking out 14 and walking 11 in 21 2/3 innings. He earned $277,778 in prorated pay from a $750,000 salary.
SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.
The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.
Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.
Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.
Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.
His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.