MLB Notebook: As winter meetings end, Hamilton, Greinke remain on market
As teams headed home from the winter meetings Thursday, the biggest free agents were still on the market. The availability of slugger Josh Hamilton and pitcher Zack Greinke held up decisions on other signings and possible trades involving on Rangers star Michael Young and the Mets’ Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.
With most clubs already packed up and leaving the sprawling, 2,881-room Opryland hotel, Philadelphia acquired outfielder Ben Revere from Minnesota for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Hamilton could remain with Texas, and Seattle seemed to be interested. Greinke’s options include staying with the Los Angeles Angels, moving up the coast to the Dodgers or signing with the Rangers.
The annual meeting wasn’t much of a swap session. The Phillies-Twins deal was just the fourth trade over the four days.
Revere, 24, batted .294 in 553 plate appearances with the big-league team last season. He also stole 40 bases in 49 attempts and scored 70 runs. He did not make an error while playing 121 games at all three outfield positions.
One thing Revere will not provide is power. He has zero home runs and 33 extra-base hits in 1,064 plate appearances.
Source: Yankees offer Youkilis
The New York Yankees offered a one-year, $12 million deal to third baseman Kevin Youkilis, according to an ESPN.com report.
Youkilis made $12.25 million last season when he hit .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI for the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, who traded for him in June.
The Yankees are trying to sign Youkilis to replace Alex Rodriguez, who will undergo hip surgery in mid-January and is expected to need four to six months of recovery.
Outfielder Johnson stays with Braves
Reed Johnson, the top pinch hitter in the National League last season, rejoined the Atlanta Braves with a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2014.
The deal was announced two days before Johnson turned 36.
Atlanta acquired Johnson and pitcher Paul Maholm from the Chicago Cubs on July 30. Johnson hit a combined .290 with three home runs and 20 RBI last season. He batted .419 (18 for 43) as a pinch hitter.
Marlins land 2 prospects in Rule 5 draft
The Marlins added 25-year-old outfielder Alfredo Silverio, who not long ago was on track to replace Andre Ethier as the Dodgers’ right fielder, and 23-year-old left-hander Braulio Lara, who was squeezed out of the pitching-rich Tampa Bay system.
Loney, Rays agree to deal
Free agent first baseman James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays completed their $2 million, 1-year contract.
Larsen’s perfect game uniform sells for $756K
The uniform Don Larsen was wearing when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history sold for $756,000.
The former Yankees’ right-hander achieved perfection in Game 5 of the 1956 Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Larsen said he was auctioning off the uniform to pay for his grandchildren’s education.
Around the majors
The Diamondbacks completed one-year contracts with free agent Eric Hinske and catcher Wil Nieves. … The Minnesota Twins agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Jared Burton on a two-year, $5.5 million contract that includes a club option for the 2015 season.