Royals sign veteran Infante for 4 years
• The Kansas City Royals finalized a $30.25 million, four-year contract with veteran Omar Infante to become their primary second baseman.
An agreement was reached Friday, and the deal was announced Monday night. Infante, who turns 32 on Dec. 26, should stabilize second base after the Royals churned through six players last season. None of them did enough to earn the job.
Infante hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBI in 118 games for the Detroit Tigers last season.
• The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract, giving them insurance for rookie Kolten Wong. In a conference call after the deal was announced Monday, the Ellis, 36, said he had some multiyear offers but chose the Cardinals because he wants to win a World Series. Ellis played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series last fall against the Cardinals, who won the Series in 2011 and lost in six games to the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
• Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have finalized a new posting system that caps the fee for players at $20 million, a deal that may lead to star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka going on the market. Under the rules of the three-year agreement announced Monday, a Japanese club may make players available between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 and may set a price of up to $20 million. Starting with the day after a player is posted and continuing for 30 days, any big-league team willing to pay the fee may attempt to sign the player. A major-league team pays the posting fee only if it signs the player, and the fee is then payable in installments, with the timing dependent on the amount. A player who is not signed may not be posted again until the following Nov. 1.
Edmonton’s Potter suspended 2 games
• Edmonton Oilers defenseman Corey Potter was suspended for two games for boarding Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino. The incident occurred at 5:40 of the second period of Anaheim’s 3-2 victory. Potter was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.
• Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Thornton’s agent, Anton Thun, confirmed in an email to the Canadian Press that his client was appealing. The NHL Players’ Association announced it had informed the league of that plan before the 48-hour deadline to do so ended. As per the collective bargaining agreement, the appeal first goes to Commissioner Gary Bettman. If Bettman upholds the suspension, Thornton and the NHLPA can then elect to appeal to a neutral arbitrator because it is for six or more games.
• Montreal Canadiens tough guy George Parros has sustained a fighting-related concussion for the second time this season. Parros was stunned by a pair of late punches in a fight with Eric Boulton in Montreal’s 1-0 overtime road win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Parros was wobbly getting to his feet, but skated off the ice. He didn’t return to Saturday’s game and was a scratch for Montreal’s 2-1 home loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien confirmed after the game that Parros suffered a concussion and will be evaluated this week.
— From wire reports