Free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press.
The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under condition of anonymity because no deal was announced.
Washington had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, and could boost it by adding Haren, an All-Star from 2007-09.
“I’ve got some young guys that act like veterans, and they pitched like veterans last year for me, and a veteran like Dan Haren is just going to make things even better,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. “I think he’s a great addition. I’ve seen him pitch a lot over the years, intense competitor, and hopefully we’ll get that done.”
Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts and 176 2-3 innings for the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels nearly traded the 32-year-old righty to the Chicago Cubs for reliever Carlos Marmol after the season, then declined their $15.5 million option on him for next season and paid a $3.5 million buyout.
Red Sox sign Victorino
Free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino and the Red Sox agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract, Boston’s second big addition during the winter meetings.
Nicknamed the Flyin’ Hawaiian, Victorino tweeted that he planned to spend the day in Maui on a snorkeling trip aboard the Alii Nui catamaran.
“Just agreed to join the Boston @RedSox in the middle of paradise,” he tweeted. “#BLESSED!!! Can’t wait to get to Boston!”
Victorino’s deal is subject to a physical, as is the $39 million, three-year contract the Red Sox agreed to Monday with Mike Napoli.
Victorino hit a combined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs last season for Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also stole a career-high 39 bases. The Dodgers obtained Victorino in a late July trade with the Phillies.
A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Victorino turned 32 on Friday. He also had been pursued by the Cleveland Indians.
Wright, Mets deal
David Wright and the New York Mets finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract, the largest deal in the team’s history.
The contract was agreed to last week, subject to a physical, and the team said Wright planned to discuss it today at the winter meetings.
“I’ve grown up in this organization and made lifelong friendships with teammates, uniform personnel and front office staff. I’m grateful for the opportunity to finish what I’ve started,” Wright said.
Wright’s new deal replaces the $16 million salary he was to have earned under a 2013 option in his previous contract. The new deal contains deferred money.
“We’re thrilled for the organization and our fans that David will be a Met for many years to come,” Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said.
Soria gets contract
Injured closer Joakim Soria and the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract.
The deal announced at baseball’s winter meetings includes a team option for 2015.
Soria, a two-time All-Star with Kansas City, is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 3.
The 28-year-old right-hander also had the ligament replaced in 2003.