GOODYEAR, AZ - Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations, General Manager Dick Williams today announced the signing of 3B Eugenio Suárez to a 7-year contract extension through the 2024 season with a club option for 2025.
Suárez, 26, following last season was eligible for arbitration for the first time while under team control through 2020.
"We are very pleased to announce this extension. Eugenio has emerged as a leader in the clubhouse and on the field.
Eugenio Suárez agrees to a 7-year contract extension with Reds
He has continued to improve his defense, his power and his ability to get on base as a result of his determined effort," Williams said. "He will play an important role in our resurgence."
Acquired by the Reds in December 2014 as part of the trade that sent RHP Alfredo Simon to the Tigers, Suárez in 2015 led the club in starts at shortstop while the last 2 seasons led the Reds in starts at third base. Over the last 2 seasons, he hit .254 with 50 doubles, 47 HR, 152 RBI and an on-base percentage of .342.
Last season, he established career highs in runs, HR, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS while leading all National League third basemen in fielding percentage.
The Venezuelan native last season received the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award in voting of the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros superstar second baseman Jose Altuve agreed to a five-year extension worth $151 million that begins in 2020, has learned. The club has not confirmed the report.
The deal, which would be the richest in club history, begins at the conclusion of the deal he signed in 2013, and locks up one of the most popular players in club history through his age-34 season. Altuve signed a four-year, $12.5 million deal in 2013 that included a $6 million option for 2018 and $6.5 million for 2019.
The previous largest contract in club history was Carlos Lee's six-year, $100-million deal in 2006.
The five-time All-Star second baseman had his finest season in 2017, hitting an MLB-best .346 with 24 home runs and 32 stolen bases in 153 games en route to his first Most Valuable Player Award. In the process, he was a driving force as the Astros won their first World Series title.
Altuve led the AL in hits (204) and became the first player in Major League history to be the outright leader in hits in his league in four consecutive seasons. He also led the AL in multihit games (59) and led the Majors in games with at least three hits (23). He also ranked first in the AL in infield hits (35), tied for second in runs (112), third in on-base percentage (.410), third in stolen bases, third in OPS (.957), fifth in total bases (323), seventh in slugging percentage (.547) and tied for ninth in doubles (39).
Altuve hit third in the Astros' lineup -- ahead of Carlos Correa -- but when Correa was on the disabled list from July 19-Sept. 3 following thumb ligament surgery, Altuve stepped up. He batted .384 with an OPS of 1.105 in the 40 games Correa missed.
What's more, he led the Major Leagues with a .441 batting average in close and late situations, a .421 batting average in Interleague Play and a .381 batting average on the road.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins made another major upgrade to their rotation, agreeing to terms on Saturday with right-hander Lance Lynn on a one-year deal worth $12 million, a source confirmed to's Jon Paul Morosi.
The Twins, however, have not made an announcement, as the deal is pending a physical. Lynn, however, will be the fourth addition the Twins have made since arriving at camp, as they also traded for right-hander Jake Odorizzi on Feb. 17, signed right-hander Anibal Sanchez on Feb. 20 and inked designated hitter/first baseman Logan Morrison on Feb. 28.
It will move their projected payroll to roughly $130 million, which is a club record, and they'll lose the No. 95 overall selection in the third round of the Draft in 2018 because Lynn rejected the Cardinals' $17.4 million qualifying offer. Lynn, however, cannot be extended a qualifying offer for a second time.
Lynn, 30, solidifies the rotation with his career 3.38 ERA in six seasons with the Cardinals, joining Jose BerriosKyle Gibson and Odorizzi as the four-man rotation expected to open the season. It leaves veterans Phil Hughes and Sanchez battling for a long-relief spot, while Adalberto Mejia is likely headed for Triple-A Rochester. The rotation will get a further boost once Ervin Santana returns in late April or early May, after undergoing surgery on his right middle finger in early February.
The veteran had been linked to the Twins for much of the winter and reportedly turned down a two-year, $20 million deal recently, according to a story this week from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Lynn missed the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but remained effective last season, posting a 3.43 ERA in 33 starts. He struck out 153, walked 78 and gave up 27 homers in 186 1/3 innings. He posted career-worst walk and strikeout rates, but the Twins are hopeful that'll improve a year further removed from the surgery, as regaining command is often difficult in the first year back from the operation.
Outside of missing the 2016 season, Lynn was a workhorse for St. Louis, averaging 32 starts and 189 innings and a 3.39 ERA for five years from '12-'17. He's outpitched his peripheral stats throughout his career, as he has a career 3.64 FIP -- including a 4.82 FIP in '17 -- marks which are both higher than his 3.38 career ERA and 3.43 ERA last season.
Lynn is also the seventh free agent signed by the Twins this offseason, joining Zach DukeAddison ReedFernando RodneyMichael Pineda, Sanchez and Morrison. They're aiming to make the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 2009-10, after their surprise run to the AL Wild Card Game last season.
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Gabe Kapler has asked everybody in the Phillies organization to think boldly and behave boldly.
The Phillies made a remarkably bold move Sunday, particularly for a team that still considered itself building for the future. Sources told that the Phillies and Jake Arrieta have agreed in principle to a multi-year contract, pending a physical.'s Jon Paul Morosi reports it's a three-year contract worth $75 million -- Arrieta will make $30 million in the first year, $25 million in the second and $20 million in the third -- and that Arrieta can opt out of the contract after 2019.
The Phillies can void that opt out, though, if they exercise a two-year extension that starts at $20 million per season, according to Morosi, but can reach as much as $30 million per season based on games started and Cy Young Award finishes.
In that case, the contract would be worth as much as $135 million over five seasons.
Arrieta's arrival changes things for the Phillies. Kapler said at the beginning of Spring Training that he thought the Phillies had the opportunity to "shock people." They might not shock anybody anymore.
Arrieta, 32, won the National League Cy Young Award with the Cubs in 2015, going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA. He has since remained one of the best starters in baseball over the past two seasons, going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA in '16 and 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA in '17. He has made at least 30 starts in each of the past three seasons. If he maintains that level of production, he could put the Phillies in the thick of postseason contention for the first time since 2011, a season earlier than the organization anticipated.
Sources indicated for weeks that the Phillies were unwilling to guarantee anything more than three seasons because analytics about Arrieta's 2017 season raised concerns about a long-term contract.
So the Phillies exercised patience as the calendar moved closer and closer to Opening Day and got pretty much what they wanted.
"We're always trying to improve the team, but we've got to do it a way that makes sense now and next year," Phillies owner John Middleton told in late February. "We don't want to sacrifice something significant in the future by making a short-term move. Whether it's a trade or a signing, if we get the deal we think is right, we'll do it. We'll pull the trigger. Money is zero object. No object whatsoever."
In other words, the Phillies were fine paying major money for a player, if the years made sense.
The salary in each year of the two-year extension will be increased from $20 million if Arrieta reaches a certain number of starts in each of the first two seasons. According to Morosi, if he starts 25 games, he'll get $1 million toward his salary in both 2021 and '22. If he starts 27, he'll get $1.5 million toward each year's salary, 29 starts will get him $2 million and 31 starts will get him $2.5 million.
If Arrieta finishes in the top 5 of Cy Young voting in each of the first two seasons, the salaries of the two-year extension can increase to $30 million, per Morosi.
The average annual value of Arrieta's deal ($25 million) was the highest signed by any player since the end of last season. Carlos Santana's average annual value ($20 million) is the fifth highest.
Because Arrieta rejected the Cubs' qualifying offer last year, the Phillies will forfeit their third-highest Draft pick, plus $500,000 in international signing bonus money. They already surrendered their second-highest pick, plus $500,000 in international signing bonus money, when they signed Santana.
If Arrieta maintains his recent level of performance for the next two or three seasons and helps the Phillies return to the postseason, it will be a small price to pay. He immediately gives the Phils a solid 1-2 punch atop the rotation with Aaron Nola. The rest of the five-man rotation figures to be filled out with Vince VelasquezNick Pivettaand Jerad EickhoffZach EflinMark Leiter Jr.Ben LivelyJake Thompson and non-roster invitee Drew Hutchinson had been competing for the team's No. 5 job before the agreement with Arrieta.
It is unclear if Arrieta will be ready to pitch the first week of the regular season. First, he must pass his physical. Then he must get to Phillies camp. It is unclear how much the veteran right-hander has been throwing before agreeing to the deal. But even if his debut is delayed a week or two, the Phillies made themselves much more formidable in the National League East. Todd Zolecki /
The A's have reached a one-year deal with veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy, a source has told's Jane Lee.
Arguably this winter's top free-agent catcher, Lucroy is a logical addition for a club seeking more consistency at the position. Oakland will not have to give up any talent via a trade or Draft pick compensation since Lucroy was ineligible for a qualifying offer.
Lucroy would provide an upgrade at a position arguably in need of one. Though he had a down year offensively in 2017, Lucroy's veteran presence behind the plate could provide guidance for a young A's pitching staff that could benefit from an experienced receiver.
Oakland's current catching setup has Bruce Maxwell starting, with Josh Phegley and Dustin Garneau currently competing for the backup role.
Manager Bob Melvin had no comment on the rumored signing, but when asked his opinion about his team's current catching combination, replied: "We think it's a good tandem. You're always looking to upgrade, at any position. We do have a young staff, especially a starting staff."
Lucroy, 31, is coming off a season in which he slashed .265/.345/.371 between stints with the Rangers and Rockies, though he capped the year in Colorado hitting .310 over 46 games and proved to be a valuable addition for the club's young rotation as it reached the postseason. Though his power numbers dwindled from years past -- he hit six homers last year, compared to 24 in 2016 -- Lucroy is widely considered one of the game's better offensive catchers. He is a two-time All-Star and finished fourth in the National League MVP Award voting in 2014.
Assuming he does join the A's, Lucroy would push Maxwell to a backup role. Maxwell slashed .237/.329/.333 over 76 games in '17. He logged three homers and drove in 22 runs.
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Moustakas has agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual second-year option with the Kansas City Royals, according to sources. The deal, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, guarantees him $6.5 million and can max out at $22.7 million.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore had made it clear in recent weeks that the club still had interest in Moustakas, but it was not interested in signing any multiyear deals as it goes through a rebuilding process.
The Royals did make Moustakas a qualifying offer last fall for $17.4 million. Because Moustakas received a qualifying offer, any team (other than the Royals) that signed him would have had to forfeit a Draft pick and international bonus pool money, which gave Kansas City an edge in negotiations. However, next year's free-agent market is set to be loaded with third basemen, including Josh Donaldson and Manny Machado, though the latter is set to play shortstop this year. 
Kansas City also tried to re-sign first baseman Eric Hosmer, who signed an eight-year deal with the Padres.
The Royals remained in touch with Moustakas this offseason, but they did not hold out much hope of a reunion, primarily because of the belief Moustakas would get multiyear offers elsewhere. 
With the eventual addition of Moustakas, who set a Royals franchise record with 38 home runs last season, Kansas City will have to clear space on the 40-man roster.
Moustakas' arrival also presents a challenge for manager Ned Yost to find consistent at-bats for Cheslor Cuthbert. The Royals have been adamant this spring that they want to get 500-600 at-bats for Cuthbert, Jorge Soler and Jorge Bonifacio as part of their development this sesaon.
But with Moustakas at third base and Lucas Duda at first base, Cuthbert may have to see plenty of time at DH. And the DH spot could be a logjam now with the recent signing of outfielder Jon Jay, who figures to play regularly and likely would force Soler to see time at DH.
And the Moustakas signing will have a significant impact on the 25-man roster as well. The Royals now likely will carry six infielders instead of five, which would force them to perhaps go with four outfielders -- Soler, Jay, Alex Gordon and Bonifacio -- instead of five. Paulo Orlando, who opened camp as the primary center fielder and is having a solid spring, has an option remaining.
The Royals also could decide to carry seven relievers instead of eight, which would keep Orlando on the 25-man roster. Jeffrey Flanagan
The Cardinals and shortstop Paul DeJong have completed an agreement on a contract extension, sources told's Joe Trezza on Monday. The deal is for $26 million over six years,'s Jesse Sanchez confirmed.
The club has not confirmed the agreement, but a formal announcement is expected Monday morning. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was the first to report that a deal was near.
The 24-year-old DeJong, selected by the Cardinals in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft, batted .285/.325/.532 with 25 home runs and 65 RBIs in 108 games for St. Louis in 2017.
Paul DeJong agrees to a six-year, $26M extension with Cardinals
He finished second to the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger in National League Rookie of the Year Award voting.
DeJong, whose new contract runs through 2023, would not have been arbitration-eligible until after the 2020 season. He will eligible for free agency when his contract expires.
The deal is the largest for a player with less than a full year of big league service time, narrowly exceeding the six-year, $25 million contract shortstop Tim Anderson signed with the White Sox a year ago.
DeJong recorded an .857 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, third highest among MLB shortstops, during his first season in the big leagues.
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Here's a fun story to begin the new week with: Ichiro Suzuki is rejoining the Seattle Mariners.
Suzuki, 44, played for the Mariners from 2001 until a midseason trade in 2012. He recorded more than 2,500 hits and won 10 Gold Glove Awards during that time. Suzuki has since split the past five seasons between the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins but, with due respect to both franchises, neither will be the one associated with Suzuki when all is said and done.
Mariners bring back Ichiro on a one-year deal
Of course, there is an actual baseball reason for the move. The Mariners learned on Monday that Ben Gamel would miss a month due to a sprained elbow. Suzuki gives the M's a left-handed outfielder to throw out there with Guillermo Heredia until Gamel returns. (It's worth noting that he's performed better against lefties in recent seasons, albeit in small samples.)
Whether Suzuki will be with the Mariners beyond that point is anyone's guess. His contact-heavy ways have produced just one above-average offensive season in his last seven tries, that one coming in 2016. History is not littered with 44-year-olds enjoying bounce-back efforts, so the odds would seem to be against Suzuki lasting all season on a 25-man roster.
Still, Seattle fans will get to see Ichiro Suzuki take the field a couple more times while wearing a Mariners jersey. Even if it doesn't help the M's compete, that should be a worthwhile experience. 
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