WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
Terms of the deal announced Friday by the Nationals were not immediately known.
The 26-year-old Zimmermann had asked for $5.8 million, while the Nationals submitted $4.6 million. He made $2.3 million last season, when he went 12-8 with a 2.94 ERA last season, making 32 starts and pitching 195 2-3 innings.
Washington avoided arbitration with all seven eligible players.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Joey Votto is eager to see how his left knee holds up during spring training. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman also is looking forward to his first home run.
Votto didn't hit a homer after June 24 last season because of an injured left knee that required two operations and robbed him of his power. He was reduced to hitting mostly singles after he returned.
The NL's 2010 MVP is proud of what he accomplished in spite of the injury, helping the Reds win the NL Central for the second time in three years. He passed his spring training physical on Friday, getting good results. He says the knee feels good, though not perfect. Now he wants to see how it reacts when he starts playing baseball again.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell has addressed his full team for the first time.
On Friday at JetBlue Park, the team's new manager spoke to his staff and players about moving past last season's last-place finish, and the rash of issues that left the Red Sox 69-93.
Indeed, the Farrell era is off and running, and with opening day on the horizon, time is of the essence.
Everything has a purpose, he said. I don't want to say there's a sense of urgency but every day in spring training because of our current situation — new staff, a number of new players — we've got a lot of ground to cover.
The Red Sox open the Grapefruit League season on Feb. 23 vs. Tampa Bay.
TAMPA, Fla. — Teammates of Kevin Youkilis were waiting to razz him when the third baseman walked into the New York Yankees clubhouse on Friday.
Youkilis made the back page of two New York tabloids for telling reporters at his first day of spring training that I'll always be a Red Sox.
I was basically defining that, as a player, I'll be a Red Sox, and a White Sox, and a Yankee for life, Youkilis said Friday. Three storied franchises. I'm excited to be part of this, and be with the Yankees.
Trust me, there's no way that was meant to say my heart is in Boston or anything like that. My heart is here with the Yankees.
After spending 8 1/2 years in Boston and winning a pair of World Series titles, Youkilis was traded from the Red Sox to the Chicago White Sox last June. He signed with the Yankees in December.
Youkilis admitted the comment by itself looks terrible.
I've got to watch what I say, Youkilis said. It hit me hard.