MLB Notes: Yankees, Ellsbury reach $153M deal

MLB Notes: Yankees, Ellsbury reach $153M deal
December 3, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Jacoby Ellsbury hit .298 last season with the World Series-champion Red Sox. (AP)

Updated: 11:33 p.m.

NEW YORK -- Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday night.

Ellsbury is the second major free-agent addition in the Yankees' offseason rebuilding after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. The center fielder was to take a physical in New York on Wednesday that he must pass before the deal can be finalized, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The Yankees also had been negotiating with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who like Ellsbury is represented by agent Scott Boras (see full story).

AP sources: Saltalamacchia, Marlins reach deal
MIAMI -- Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is going from the World Series champions to a team that lost 100 games.

Saltalamacchia has agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Miami Marlins, two people familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The people confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.

Saltalamacchia started the past three seasons for the Boston Red Sox, who were reluctant to offer him a multiyear deal. The switch-hitter batted a career-high .273 with 15 homers, 40 doubles and 65 RBIs last season. He hit .188 in the postseason and was benched during the World Series (see full story).

Astros get OF Dexter Fowler in trade with Rockies
HOUSTON -- Dexter Fowler is looking forward to a new beginning with the rebuilding Houston Astros while also dealing with what he calls a bittersweet ending to his time with the Colorado Rockies.

Astros acquired the outfielder and a player to be named from the Rockies on Tuesday for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-hander Jordan Lyles.

Drafted by Colorado in 2004, Fowler has spent his entire career with the Rockies. He joins a team that has posted three straight 100-plus loss seasons, including a franchise-record 111 losses in 2013 in its first year in the American League (see full story).

Rays acquire C Hanigan, RHP Bell in 3-team trade
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Catcher Ryan Hanigan and reliever Heath Bell are eager to try to help the Tampa Bay Rays get back to the playoffs.

Hanigan was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds and Bell from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade Tuesday.

The deal was announced after Hanigan agreed to a $10.75 million, three-year contract that runs through 2016 and includes a club option for 2017.

Tampa Bay sent minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named to the Diamondbacks. Arizona dealt left-hander David Holmberg to Cincinnati (see full story).

AL West champion A's make 3 trades in 2 days
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Billy Beane is busy dealing in December once again.

In one whirlwind stretch of less than 24 hours, the Oakland general manager pulled off a trio of trades with three different clubs and upgraded Oakland's bullpen in the process. Beane believes his overall roster might be even better heading into 2014, with the front office determined to keep the low-budget club a contender after consecutive AL West crowns.

"In the time I've been here, we won the West in `12 and Billy didn't stand pat," manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday. "He always looks to improve the team."

First, the A's acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from Baltimore late Monday as the replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour. Then on Tuesday, the two-time defending division champions traded for San Diego right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson in a swap that sent outfielder Seth Smith to the Padres (see full story).

AP Source: Red Sox, Pierzynski reach deal
BOSTON -- Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday.

The deal would be pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't finalized the agreement.

The lefty-hitting Pierzynski and righty David Ross, the backup, both will be 37 next season. With catching prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart making their way up the system, the Red Sox were reluctant to give a multiyear deal to free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, their starter the past three seasons (see full story).