MLB Notes: Colon signs 2-year deal with Mets

MLB Notes: Colon signs 2-year deal with Mets
December 11, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Bartolo Colon went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA for the Athletics last season. (USA Today Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that 18-game winner Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because an agreement had not yet been completed. The deal is pending the 40-year-old Colon passing a physical.

New York was in the market for a starter after ace Matt Harvey had elbow reconstruction surgery, which will sideline him for next season.

General manager Sandy Alderson had said he didn't want to give a long-term deal to a pitcher because New York had several prospects close to being ready.

Colon went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA for the Oakland Athletics in a season in which he began by completing a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test (see full story).

Mariners: Hart signs, Morrison acquired
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have added a pair of slugging first baseman-outfielders to go along with Robinson Cano, reaching agreement on a one-year deal with Corey Hart and acquiring Logan Morrison in a trade with the Miami Marlins.

Hart confirmed he had agreed to the deal in a text message to The Associated Press. Completion of the deal is pending a physical. Hart missed last season following surgery on his right knee.

Morrison was acquired for relief pitcher Carter Capps, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade was pending both teams reviewing medical records.

CBSSports.com first reported Hart's agreement (see full story).

Nationals: Blevins acquired from A's
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Oakland sent left-hander Jerry Blevins to the Washington Nationals for minor league outfielder Billy Burns, the Athletics' fifth trade in 10 days.

Blevins was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in a career-high 67 games this year and has a 13-6 record with a 3.30 ERA in 281 big league games over seven seasons, all with the Athletics. He's averaged 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

The 24-year-old Burns hit .315 with 37 RBIs and 74 steals this year for Class A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He was selected Washington's minor league player of the year.

The trade was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings (see full story).

Dodgers: Jerry Hairston Jr. retires
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jerry Hairston Jr. is retiring after spending the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 37-year-old utilityman hit .211 this year with two homers and 22 RBIs in 204 at-bats.

He said on Twitter on Wednesday, "after 16 seasons decided retiring is my best opportunity. Game will not miss me but I will miss it and teammates immensely!"

Hairston has a .257 career average with 70 homers, 420 RBIs and 147 steals with Baltimore (1998-04), the Chicago Cubs (2005-06), Texas (2006-07), Cincinnati (2008-09), the World Series champion New York Yankees in 2009, San Diego (2010), Washington (2011), Milwaukee (2011) and the Dodgers (see full story).