Shortstop Hanley Ramirez has agreed to the framework of a $70-million, six-year contract to remain with the Florida Marlins, a person familiar with the negotiations said Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
The AP said the person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been completed; it's expected to be announced next weekend when the team returns home from a seven-game trip.
It's likely Ramirez will be with the Marlins in 2011. His deal would be the most lucrative in club history, topping the $61-million, six-year contract Gary Sheffield signed in 1997.
After blowing his major league-leading fifth save Friday night in a 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Jason Isringhausen will no longer close games for the St. Louis Cardinals, Manager Tony La Russa said. La Russa said that the closing duties would be split between Ryan Franklin and Russ Springer.
Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells is expected to be out at least six weeks because of a broken left wrist. Wells was injured while making a diving catch Friday night during the sixth inning of Toronto's 6-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians.