Sunday, February 15, 2009
Right-hander Ervin Santana and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract yesterday, a day after their scheduled arbitration hearing was postponed.
Santana's deal includes a $13 million club option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. If the option is exercised, the agreement would be worth $42 million over five seasons.
The 26-year-old is the youngest active big league pitcher with at least 50 wins. He rebounded from a sub-par season in 2007 to go 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA for the AL West champion Angels last year.
· METS: Liván Hernández agreed to a minor league contract, giving New York another pitcher who could compete for the final rotation spot during spring training.
With the move, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya all but ruled out bringing back Pedro Martínez, a free agent coming off four injury-plagued seasons in New York.
· ORIOLES: It's a good thing spring training runs an extra week this year, because it might take that long for Manager Dave Trembley to learn the names of all his players.
The Orioles invited 67 players to their big league camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., including 37 pitchers.
The first workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled for today, and the first full-squad session should take place Thursday.
· BRAVES: Still seeking a proven bat for the outfield, Atlanta is interested in acquiring Ken Griffey Jr.
General Manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday the team is interested in "several available outfielders, including Griffey."
Recent speculation has suggested Griffey would return to Seattle, where he was a perennial all-star until he was traded to Cincinnati in 2000. But this week at a California golf tournament, Griffey played down reports of his possible return to Seattle as "rumors."
· AARON SPEAKS: Hank Aaron believes Barry Bonds should keep major league baseball's home run record.
"In all fairness to everybody, I just don't see how you really can do a thing like that and just say somebody isn't the record holder anymore, and let's go back to the way that it was," Aaron told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.
· OBITUARY: Former major league outfielder Ted Uhlaender, whose daughter, Katie, races for the U.S. skeleton team and is eyeing her second Olympic berth, died Thursday after a heart attack at his family's ranch near Atwood, Kan. He was 68.