Buster Posey lands $167M, 9-year deal
SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey is the San Francisco Giants’ new franchise man.
The Giants rewarded NL MVP and batting champion with a $167 million, nine-year contract Friday, a deal that includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million over a decade.
The agreement is the longest for a catcher and the largest in Giants history, surpassing Matt Cain’s $127.5 million, six-year contract signed before the start of last season.
Posey had been due to make $8 million this year. He instead gets a $7 million signing bonus, with $5 million payable Oct. 15 and the remainder Jan. 15, and his 2013 salary is reduced to $3 million.
He will make $10.5 million in 2014, $16.5 million in 2015, $20 million in 2016 and $21.4 million in each of the following five seasons. The Giants’ option is for $22 million with a $3 million buyout.
Miguel Tejada makes opening-day roster
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has made the Kansas City Royals’ opening-day roster as a utility infielder.
Manager Ned Yost made the announcement Friday before the Royals’ exhibition game against Cleveland.
The 38-year-old is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants. He hit .239 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 322 at-bats.
He spent last season with Baltimore’s Triple-A team at Norfolk, batting .259 with no home runs and 18 RBIs in 135 at-bats before his release on June 25. The 2002 AL MVP with Oakland, Tejada has a .285 career average with 304 homers and 1,282 RBIs.
Tejada began Friday with a .353 average and three RBIs in 34 spring training at-bats.
Teixeira hopes to get brace off Monday
WASHINGTON — New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira hopes to get the protective brace on his injured right wrist removed Monday.
Speaking before New York’s exhibition game at the Washington Nationals on Friday, Teixeira said his goal is to rejoin the Yankees as soon as May 1.
He will start the season on the disabled list because of a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.
“Like a pitcher coming back from Tommy John (elbow surgery), throwing through pain isn’t a good idea,” Teixeira said. “So I just have to be smart with it.”
Source: Goldschmidt near $32M deal
PHOENIX — First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks are close to agreement on a $32 million, five-year contract that would run from 2014-18, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
The deal would include a $14.5 million team option for 2019 with a $2 million buyout, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized.
As a rookie last year, Goldschmidt hit .286 with 43 doubles, 20 home runs and 82 RBIs. He agreed in February to a deal paying $500,000 if he is in the majors this season
Crawford delivers against Class-A team
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — The Dodgers were one out away from dropping an exhibition game to their Class-A affiliate despite the presence of five major leaguers in their starting lineup, another on the mound and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda serving as manager Thursday night.
In what the Dodgers surely hope is a sign of things to come, Carl Crawford got them back in the game.
Crawford delivered a game-tying, two-run single with two outs in the final inning, but the Dodgers lost to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4-3 in seven innings.
Crawford, acquired from Boston last summer and who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, began the night 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. With the Dodgers trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh and the bases loaded with two outs, Crawford lined a sharp single to left field to extend the game.