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Grandal, Brewers agree to $18.25M, 1-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to an $18.25 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the agreement, first reported by The Athletic, was subject to a successful physical.

Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers in November. He would be eligible for free agency again after this year’s World Series

Now 30, Grandal was an All-Star in his first season with the Dodgers in 2015. He hit .241 this year with 24 homers and 68 RBIs as Los Angeles won its second straight NL pennant. He made $7.9 million.

Grandal has a .240 big league career average with 113 home runs in seven seasons. He would supplant Manny Pina and Erik Katz, who combined to get the most games behind the plate for Milwaukee last season.

He is the second player to reach agreement among the six who turned down qualifying offers. Pitcher Patrick Corbin agreed to a $140 million, six-year contract with Washington.
Outfielders Bryce Harper and A.J. Pollock remain on the market along with left-hander Dallas Keuchel and closer Craig Kimbrel.

Outfielder Jon Jay, White Sox finalize $4M, 1-year contract

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Jay sees the rebuilding Chicago White Sox poised for big things with promising young players. He’s looking forward to being a part of it.

The free agent outfielder and the White Sox finalized a $4 million, one-year contract on Thursday.

The 33-year-old played for Kansas City and Arizona last season, batting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games. He also made at least 24 starts at each spot in the outfield.

The addition gives the White Sox another veteran hitter after they struck out 1,594 times last season, tops in the majors. Jay also is friends with slugger Manny Machado, one of Chicago’s top targets in free agency.

Chicago also acquired Yonder Alonso — Machado’s brother-in-law — from Cleveland last month.

Jay, a Miami native, is a .285 career hitter in nine years in the majors. He made his debut with St. Louis in 2010 and helped the crosstown Cubs win the NL Central in 2017.
Chicago cleared a roster spot for Jay by designating outfielder Charlie Tilson for assignment.

Jed Lowrie, Mets agree to $20M, 2-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent infielder Jed Lowie and the New York Mets have agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.

Lowrie is a switch-hitter who turns 35 in April and is coming off his first All-Star season.

While Lowrie played mostly second base for the Oakland Athletics during the past three seasons, he figures to see time at third and first with the Mets, who acquired Cano from Seattle last month.

Lowrie is the fifth All-Star added by the Mets this offseason, following Cano, closer Edwin Diaz, catcher Wilson Ramos and reliever Jeurys Familia, traded to Oakland last summer and then re-signed by New York as a free agent.

A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Lowrie set career highs with 23 homers and 99 RBIs last year and hit .267.

Brian Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian Dozier found his latest team — and the Washington Nationals found a temporary solution at second base.

The free agent infielder and the Nationals agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract, subject to the successful completion of a physical exam, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The person confirmed the deal on condition of anonymity because neither the club nor player had made an announcement.

Dozier, who played for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, would fill Washington’s need for a new starting second baseman and could help add some power to the lineup, particularly important if slugging outfielder Bryce Harper ends up leaving the Nationals as a free agent.

By only committing to Dozier for one season, the Nationals leave open the possibility of turning to leading infield prospect Carter Kieboom at second base in 2020.

The 31-year-old Dozier’s agreement with Washington was first reported by ESPN.
Dozier batted a career-low .215 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs last year.

Dozier averaged 35 homers over the preceding three seasons, with a career best of 42 for Minnesota in 2016. He was an AL All-Star in 2015.

While still waiting to find out what will happen with Harper, the Nationals’ additions have included lefty starter Patrick Corbin, catchers Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki, relievers Kyle Barraclough and Trevor Rosenthal, and backup first baseman Matt Adams.

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