His return to the Bronx was considered a long shot, but Ichiro Suzuki’s major league career will continue nonetheless.
He was 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 2014, a year after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and being voted the best pitcher in the American League.
The agreement includes $1.5 million in performance bonuses: $500,000 each for 450, 500 and 550 plate appearances.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t the only one interested in landing the four-time All-Star.
Chris Capuano is staying with the New York Yankees, just like fellow free agents Chase Headley and Chris Young.
On Monday, general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that the club is “still undecided” about whether it will post a bid for Kang. On Tuesday, Alderson said that a bid is “unlikely.”
Chase Headley is staying with the Yankees, a sign that New York is not counting on Alex Rodriguez to play third base regularly.
The versatile 30-year-old played first base and all three outfield positions in 2014. In 146 at-bats he batted .212 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, posting a .310 on-base percentage.
According to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Dodgers and Brandon McCarthy have agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal.
The Yankees seem determined to not play recently reinstated and soon-to-be 40-year-old Alex Rodriguez exclusively at third base. Hence the continued interest in Headley.
Heyman reports that Kang is regarded as the top shortstop in Korea. He was remarkable at the plate in 2014 for the Nexen Heroes, posting a .364/.457/.733 slash line and belting 39 homers in just 116 games.
The Red Sox have a message for the Yankees, the American League and Major League Baseball: We’re back.
Heyman reports that the 25-year-old will have both an early opt-out clause and a no-trade provision in his contract.
According to CBSSports.com and WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Miami Marlins are prepared to give their 25-year-old slugger a “landmark” deal.
The right-handed hitter put up solid numbers in 2014, batting .293 with seven homers and 75 RBIs in 157 games. He also stole 14 bases and got on base at a .347 clip.