MLB Notes: Beltran, Yankees agree to 3-year deal

MLB Notes: Beltran, Yankees agree to 3-year deal
December 6, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Carlos Beltran hit .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs last season with the Cardinals. (USA Today Images)

The Yankees and outfielder Carlos Beltran Friday night agreed to a three-year contract, according to the New York Daily NewsMark Feinsand.

Beltran, who turns 37 in April, hit .296 last season with the Cardinals. He slugged 24 homers and drove in 84 runs for the Cards, who lost to Boston in the World Series. More important, Beltran has stayed healthy in the last couple of seasons after battling injuries in 2009 and 2010. The last two years with St. Louis, the 15-year veteran has played at least 145 games.

For New York, Beltran is the second outfielder added this offseason. Earlier in the week, the Yanks nabbed Jacoby Ellsbury for a seven years, $153 million.

Earlier in the day, the Yankees lost out on re-signing second baseman Robinson Cano, but did re-sign starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

Mariners, Cano agree to 10-year pact
Robinson Cano has agreed to sign with the Seattle Mariners for a reported 10-year, $240 million deal, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes.

Initial reports indicated that talks were falling apart because Jay Z -- Cano's agent -- was asking for more money at the last minute.

The blockbuster signing ties Albert Pujols' contract with the Angels as the third-largest in league history. Cano, 31, will play out the final year of his deal in his age 40 season.

The former Yankee is a five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove second baseman who's averaged 28 homers and 103 RBIs while hitting .314 and slugging .530 over the past five seasons. He's missed just 14 games over the last seven years.

The Yankees, who insisted they would not top $200 million to bring back Cano, have already doled out a combined $238 million to Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Mets grab Granderson
Sherman also indicates via Twitter that the Mets nabbed Curtis Granderson for a four-year deal Friday. The deal is worth $60 million, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Granderson, 33 in March, hit .229 with just seven homers in an injury-plagued 2013 in which he played just 61 games. The centerfielder hit 84 homers, the most in baseball, from 2011-12 with the Yankees. Over a six-year span with the Tigers and Yanks from 2006-12, Granderson batted .262 with a .493 slugging percentage while averaging 29 homers and 11 triples per season.

In switching from the Bronx to Queens, Granderson figures to slide over to a corner outfield position with the defensively savvy Juan Lagares manning the vast confines of Citi Field's center field.

O's get reliever Webb
Right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Webb, who was non-tendered by the Miami Marlins last week, has agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles, Grantland's Jonah Keri reports.

Webb, who will be 28 in February, pitched to a 2.91 ERA in 66 games with the Marlins last season, striking out 54 and walking 27 in 80.1 innings with a career-best 1.207 WHIP. He owns a career 3.29 ERA and 1.370 WHIP in five big-league seasons with the Padres and Fish.

We recently pointed out on Beerleaguer that Webb would have been a great fit for the Phillies, who are in need of reasonably priced bullpen help.

Rangers sign Arencibia
Catcher J.P. Arencibia signed a one-year deal Friday with the Texas Rangers, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

Rosenthal reports the deal is worth $1.8 million, and could include $300,000 in incentives. 

Arencibia, who turns 28 in January, spent the last three seasons as the Toronto Blue Jays' starting catcher. He hit .214 with 62 home runs and 189 RBIs over that span.

Arencibia will battle Geovany Soto for playing time, who is better defensively and projects better offensive numbers.

Astros ink Feldman
Right-hander Scott Feldman signed a three-year, $30 million contract Friday with the Houston Astros, according to Rosenthal.

Feldman, who turns 31 in February, signed a one-year deal with the Cubs last season before being traded to the Orioles on July 2. He finished with a 12-12 record in 30 starts with a 3.86 ERA.

Feldman's 181.2 innings pitched were his most since 2009, and his 132 strikeouts were a career high. His ERA was 3.46 at the time of the trade, then dropped to 4.27.

Nationals sign McLouth
The Washington Nationals added outfield depth Friday, signing Nate McLouth to a two-year deal per Rosenthal.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported the deal is worth $10.75 million. 

The 32-year-old hit .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs in 146 games played for the Orioles last season. In an outfield that already features Denard Span, Bryce Harper and Jason Werth, McLouth will essentially serve in a bench role. This is McLouth's second tour of duty in the NL East, as he spent 2009 to 2011 with the Atlanta Braves.