Pitcher Mike Minor agreed Friday to a $7.25-million, two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, a deal that could be worth $24.5 million over three seasons if he is a regular member of the rotation.
A 28-year-old left-hander who was sidelined for all of last season because of a shoulder injury, Minor joins what is becoming a crowded competition for two spots in the Royals' starting rotation. He likely won't be ready to pitch before late May or early June.
A former first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves, Minor will earn $2 million this year and $4 million in 2017. The deal includes a $10 million mutual option for 2018 with a $1.25 million buyout.
He could earn an additional $4 million in roster and performance bonuses this year, and $4.5 million in performance bonuses in 2017. He would get the full amount this year if he is on the active roster for 120 days, makes 20 starts and pitches 120 innings, and the entire amount next year if he makes 30 starts and pitches 200 innings.
Minor became a free agent in December when the Braves failed to offer a 2016 contract. He spent the first five seasons of his career with Atlanta, going 38-36 with a 4.10 ERA while averaging 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings
The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year, $5-million contract with infielder Juan Uribe, who will probably be their starting third baseman this season. The team confirmed that the 36-year-old will sign once some issues are resolved with his visa and he’s able to return to the United States. He still has to pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.
Jeff Banister’s contract to manage the Texas Rangers has been guaranteed through 2018. Hired in October 2014, Banister was voted AL Manager of the Year after leading the Rangers to an 88-74 record and the AL West title. They lost to Toronto in the Division Series.
Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley will undergo chemotherapy during spring training after being diagnosed with rectal cancer. General manager Jon Daniels said the disease is in its early stages and is treatable.
Jim Davenport, a longtime third baseman for the San Francisco Giants who later managed the team and worked in the front office, has died. He was 82. Davenport was with the Giants organization for 51 years as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. He managed the Giants for part of the 1985 season before being replaced by Roger Craig. He batted .258 with 77 home runs and 456 RBIs in 1,501 career games over 13 major league seasons all with San Francisco, from 1958-’70.