Righthander David Phelps and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that could be worth $13.75 million over two seasons, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
Phelps, a 32-year-old free agent who went to Hazelwood West, is coming back from Tommy John surgery. He can earn an additional $3.25 million in performance bonuses this year as part of the agreement, and the Blue Jays have a $1 million team option for 2020 that could escalate to $8 million depending on appearances and games finished this year.
He tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm on March 17 in a spring training outing for Seattle against the Los Angeles Angels, and he had surgery March 26.
Phelps was 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 10 relief appearances in 2017 for Seattle, which acquired him from Miami that July 20. He had a $5.55 million salary last season.
During six major league seasons with the New York Yankees (2012-14), Miami (2015-17) and the Mariners, Phelps is 30-33 with a 3.89 ERA and five saves in 64 starts and 164 relief appearances.
Russell, Cubs have deal • Suspended shortstop Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $3.4 million, one-year contract, a relatively small $200,000 raise for a player whose relationship with the team appeared strained after a domestic violence suspension.
Russell accepted a 40-game suspension last October for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy following allegations made by his ex-wife. He missed the final 11 regular-season games plus the wild-card playoff loss and will be eligible to return May 3, barring postponements.
Kris Bryant agreed to a $12.9 million, one-year deal, a raise from $10.85 million. Also agreeing to one-year deals were Javier Baez ($5.2 million), Kyle Schwarber ($3.4 million) and pitchers Kyle Hendricks ($7.4 million), Carl Edwards Jr. ($1.5 million) and Mike Montgomery ($2.4 million).
Dodgers trade for Martin • Los Angeles reacquired catcher Russell Martin on Friday in a trade with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a deal with Milwaukee.
Los Angeles obtained the 35-year-old Canadian from the Blue Jays for minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a righthander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder. Toronto is sending cash to offset some of the $20 million Martin is owed in the final season of his contract.
A four-time All-Star, Martin was with the Dodgers from 2006-10 and helped lead Los Angeles to three playoff appearances. He signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent after the 2010 season and spent two seasons in the Bronx before playing two seasons with Pittsburgh and four with Toronto.
He started 71 games at catcher and 21 at third base last year, hitting .194 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs.
DeGrom gets $17 million • NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary.
The deal was agreed to Friday before the pitcher and team were to exchange proposed salaries in arbitration. It also set a mark for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the third time.
Fellow Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard agreed to a $6 million deal, doubling his salary.
DeGrom led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings and was selected to his second All-Star Game.
The righthander went 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 32 remarkably consistent starts for a team that finished 77-85.
Yankees get LeMahieu • Gold Glove-winning free-agent second baseman D.J. LeMahieu and the Yankees agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. He hit .276 last year with 15 homers and 62 RBIs, and he won his second straight Gold Glove and third overall.
New York outfielder Aaron Hicks agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration and more than doubled his salary from $2.8 million.
Other news • The Nationals avoided arbitration with two star infielders, reaching an $18.8 million deal with Anthony Rendon and a $3.7 million agreement with Trea Turner. … The Marlins avoided arbitration with J.T. Realmuto by agreeing to a $5.9 million deal with the All-Star catcher. … Knuckleballer Steven Wright and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract for $1,375,000, a raise of $275,000. … Lefthander Will Smith reached agreement on a $4.2 million contract with the Giants.