Rays’ Longoria agrees to new deal
•?Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has agreed to a new contract through 2022 that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.
The agreement announced Monday with the three-time All-Star incorporates the remainder of the 27-year-old’s existing contract, which called for him to earn about $36.5 million over the next four seasons. The new deal includes a team option for 2023.
Just six games into his major-league career, Longoria agreed in April 2008 to a $17.5 million, six-year contract that included club options that could make the deal worth $44 million over nine seasons.
•?DeMarlo Hale is leaving the Baltimore Orioles to become bench coach for new Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. Hale spent one year with Baltimore after six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, where he served as third-base coach from 2006-09 followed by two years as bench coach. Toronto also said that Pete Walker will move from bullpen coach to pitching coach, Chad Mottola will shift from Triple-A hitting coach to the big-league hitting coach, Dwayne Murphy will move from hitting coach to first-base and outfielder coach and Luis Rivera will move from coaching assistant to third-base coach.
• The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with outfielder Jonny Gomes on a two-year contract that would reportedly pay him $10 million. The Red Sox have not announced the deal. But a baseball official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because Gomes had yet to take his physical, said both sides had agreed to the terms. Gomes is a career .244 hitter who batted .262 with 18 homers and 47 RBI for the Oakland Athletics last year. A part-time player for most of his 10-year career, Gomes has played both right and left field.
• Catcher Eli Whiteside and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract worth $625,000 in the major leagues and $200,000 in the minors. The 33-year-old, claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Nov. 5, was 1 for 11 in 12 games for the Giants this year.
• The Chicago Cubs have hired former Milwaukee Brewers slugger Rob Deer as an assistant hitting coach. Deer, who has spent time as a roving hitting instructor for San Diego, hit 230 home runs in 11 major-league seasons. He played with Cubs manager Dale Sveum in Milwaukee and will work under hitting coach James Rowson.
• Left-hander Tim Byrdak is remaining with the New York Mets, agreeing to a minor-league contract. The 39-year-old was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 56 relief appearances this season, his second with the Mets. He pitched in a team-record 18 straight games without allowing a hit from May 4 to June 4. Byrdak had surgery Sept. 6 to repair a tear in his left shoulder.
• The Oakland Athletics have sold infielder Brandon Hicks to the New York Mets. The 27-year-old was claimed off waivers from Atlanta on March 13 and hit .172 with three homers and seven RBI in 22 games.
NHL, union to allow mediator oversight
•?Unable to break the impasse in labor talks themselves, the NHL and NHLPA agreed Monday to allow federal mediators to begin overseeing negotiations. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service director George H. Cohen, who was involved in the NFL and NBA labor negotiations in the last two years, reached out separately to the league and the union, and both agreed to the non-binding intervention. The two sides have not bargained since Wednesday, when a union proposal for a five-year deal was not greeted warmly.
MLS close to deal for New York team
•?Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber says the league is at “the finish line” in negotiations with New York City to acquire land to build a stadium in Queens that would become home for the league’s 20th team. Garber says after that deal is agreed to, there would have to be negotiations with the city and state as part of the approval process to build on the 10-acre site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The parkland used for the stadium would have to be replaced, and a deal would have to be reached with the New York Mets to use their parking lots adjacent to Citi Field. Garber says the new team could start play for the 2016 season.
•?Chicago Fire defender Cory Gibbs has retired from professional soccer after suffering a season-ending knee injury last spring, ending a 12-year career. Gibbs started the first three matches at center back last season before injuring his right meniscus on April 4. He underwent surgery six days later and missed the rest of the year.
• The New York Red Bulls have signed Brandon Barklage and Connor Lade to new contracts. The Major League Soccer team said that Lade will train with Sevilla in Spain from Dec. 13-23. Both players are midfielders and defenders. Playing primarily as a right back, Barklage started 16 of 19 games this year, scoring two goals and five assists.
— From wire reports