MLB notebook: Giants, OF Span agree to $31M, 3-year deal
The Pirates on Thursday signed right-handed reliever Trey Haley to a one-year contract.
The team will have to make a corresponding move to place Haley on the 40-man roster.
Haley, 25, split last season in the Indians farm system at the Double- and Triple-A levels. He went a combined 4-4 with one save, a 2.45 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 43 appearances.
A second-round pick in 2008, Haley has pitched in 205 games over eight seasons in the minors. Last year was his first at the Triple-A level.
Poor command has been a problem throughout his career. Haley issued 32 walks last year, averaging 5.2 per nine innings, an improvement on his career rate of 6.5.
Giants, OF Span agree to deal
The Giants agreed to a $31 million, three-year deal with free agent outfielder Denard Span, pending a physical.
Span will make $10.33 million per year and can make additional money with performance bonuses.
After filling their holes in the rotation earlier in free agency by signing Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, the Giants addressed their other major offseason need by signing Span.
Span, who will turn 32 next month, batted .301 with five homers, 22 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage in 61 games last season with the Nationals. He missed time with injuries to his back, left hip and core but is expected to be healthy again to start this season.
Griffey, Piazza pick HOF caps
Ken Griffey Jr. will go into the Hall of Fame with a Mariners cap and Mike Piazza will have a Mets hat.
The pair made their announcements at a news conference, a day after they were elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Griffey spent a lengthy period of his career with the Reds, and Piazza reached the major leagues with the Dodgers. Griffey is the first Mariners player in the Hall.
Royals sign ex-Yankees P Wang
The Royals signed former Cy Young runner-up Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract.
Wang, 35, who had his best seasons with the Yankees, spent last season in Triple-A with the Braves and Mariners organizations. The right-hander went 6-11 with a 5.88 in 22 appearances, including 20 starts.
Wang’s best year came in 2006, when he went 19-6 with a 3.63 ERA for the Yankees and was second in the AL Cy Young voting to unanimous winner Johan Santana.
Wang won 19 games the following season, giving him a major league-best 38 wins over the span.
Meada, Dodgers ink $25M deal
The Dodgers finalized a $25 million, eight-year contract with Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, a deal that could be worth $106.2 million if he stays healthy.
The 27-year-old right-hander has had elbow issues but said he is confident he will be able to pitch a full season in the major leagues.
If Maeda is on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, makes 32 starts and pitches 200 innings each year, he would receive the full $106.2 million.
Free agent first baseman Chris Carter agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Brewers. The right-handed slugger became a free agent when the Astros declined to offer him a contract in December. … The Mariners signed right-hander Ryan Cook to a one-year contract and released recently acquired pitcher Anthony Bass so he can pursue an opportunity to pitch in Japan. Cook was an All-Star in 2012 with Oakland when he went 6-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 71 appearances. … The White Sox claimed outfielder Daniel Fields off waivers from the Dodgers.