Cardinals put Goldschmidt, Arenado on restricted list

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TORONTO — The St. Louis Cardinals put first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, third baseman Nolan Arenado and catcher Austin Romine on the restricted list before a game at the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Cardinals recalled outfielder Conner Capel and catcher Ivan Herrera, and selected infielder Cory Spangenberg from Triple-A Memphis as substitute players for their two-game series north of the border.

Foreign nationals who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are not allowed to enter Canada, save for limited exceptions that require a 14-day quarantine. Unvaccinated baseball players are placed on the restricted list, where they are not paid and do not accrue major league service time.

Arenado will lose $384,416, Goldschmidt $241,758 and Romine $10,989.

A seven-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner, Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals in most offensive categories, including batting average (.333), home runs (22), RBIs (74), on-base percentage (.416) and hits (116).

Goldschmidt, who homered during last week’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles, connected twice during Sunday’s 6-3 loss at Cincinnati, extending his homer streak to four games. St. Louis was off Monday.

Arenado is a seven-time All-Star and a nine-time Gold Glove winner who has led the NL in home runs three times. Arenado has 102 hits, 18 home runs and 59 RBIs this season.

Romine joined the Cardinals earlier this season as backup for the injured Yadier Molina (right knee), who is expected to rejoin the team next month.

Right-hander Johan Oviedo, who is from Cuba, was able to join the Cardinals in Toronto despite having an expired passport. Oviedo flew to Miami on Monday’s off day to collect travel documents from the Canadian consulate there. He then flew to Detroit and drove the 230 miles to Toronto, arriving late Monday.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.