The Seattle Mariners obtained left-hander Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro from the Boston Red Sox on Monday for reliever Carson Smith and pitcher Roenis Elias in the first trade announced at the winter meetings.
Acquired from Arizona during the week of last year’s winter meetings, the 29-year-old Miley was 11-11 with a 4.46 earned-run average with the Red Sox and is 49-46 in five big league seasons. He is owed $6 million next year and $8.75 million in 2017 as part of a $19.25-million, three-year contract, which includes a $12-million club option for 2018 with a $500,000 buyout.
Aro, a 25-year-old right-hander, made his big league debut in June and had a 6.97 ERA in six relief appearances with the Red Sox.
Smith a 26-year-old right-hander, had a 2.31 ERA in 70 relief appearances this year, striking out 92 in 70 innings. Elias, a 27-year-old left-hander, was 5-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 20 starts and two relief appearances.
Royals re-sign Chris Young, reportedly agree to deal with Joakim Soria
The Kansas City Royals re-signed right-hander Chris Young to an $11.5-million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for the 2018 season, and reportedly agreed to a $25-million, three-year deal with reliever Joakim Soria.
The 6-foot-10 Young was the comeback player of the year two years ago with Seattle, but he had few suitors last off-season and signed with Kansas City in spring training. He was 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA, starting in the bullpen before moving to the rotation.
He was the winning pitcher in relief in Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Mets. He gave up two runs over four innings in Game 4, which the Royals won.
Soria, a 31-year-old right-hander, pitched for Kansas City from 2007 to 2011. The contract was first reported by CBS Sports. A message left for General Manager Dayton Moore went unreturned.
Soria had a 2.53 ERA for Detroit and Pittsburgh in 2015. He was an All-Star in 2008 and 2010.
Players union files grievance for Jonathan Papelbon
The players’ association has filed a grievance over the Washington Nationals’ four-game suspension of Jonathan Papelbon that followed the pitcher’s fight with teammate Bryce Harper.
The grievance was filed shortly after the suspension was announced Sept. 28, costing Papelbon $284,153 of his $13-million salary.
On the next-to-last weekend of the season, Harper flied out and headed to the dugout, where he and Papelbon exchanged words. The argument escalated, and Papelbon reached out with his left hand and grabbed Harper by the throat. Papelbon shoved the outfielder toward the bench with both hands.
Veterans committe doesn’t elect anyone to Hall of Fame
For the second consecutive year, a baseball veterans committee has failed to elect to the Hall of Fame any of the 10 candidates up for consideration.
The Pre-Integration Era Committee weighed the merits of players and executives who made their marks on the game through 1946.
Last year, the Golden Era Committee failed to elect any of its candidates up for election. The Expansion Era Committee (1973 and later) votes again at the 2016 winter meetings.