Among free agents, Detroit closed in on an agreement with outfielder Rajai Davis for a two-year contract worth $9 million to $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because an agreement had not been completed.
It remained unclear whether Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be made available to Major League Baseball teams. Speaking in the lobby, Rakuten Eagles President Yozo Tachibana said no decision had been made.
“First of all, discuss it with him,” Tachibana said. “I don’t know if he wants to do it.”
The New York Yankees are among the teams interested in Tanaka, 24-0 in Japan’s regular season.
Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have an agreement in principle on a new posting system. If ratified by both sides, there would be a $20 million cap on the fee going to Japanese clubs for players put on the posting market, and any MLB teams bidding the specified price would be able to compete to sign a player.
A day after finalizing a $60 million, four-year contract with the New York Mets, outfielder Curtis Granderson injected some playfully provocative words into New York’s baseball rivalry. A direct Bronx-to-Queens switch from the Yankees is rare.
“A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets fans,” Granderson quipped. “So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”
First baseman-outfielder Garrett Jones and Miami finalized a $7.75 million, two-year contract, catcher J.P. Arencibia and Texas completed a $1.8 million, one-year deal, and right-hander Ryan Webb and Baltimore finished a $4.5 million, two-year agreement.