Red Sox rev up with Victorino; Giants keep Scutaro
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shane Victorino bolted for Boston, Marco Scutaro stayed with San Francisco, and the Miami Marlins shed more payroll in a late-night trade.
It was another busy day at baseball's winter meetings, where it's easy to tell which teams are making major changes (the Red Sox), which ones want to remain intact (the champion Giants) — and which ones are saving their cash (the Marlins, of course) and the Yankees (come again?).
Boston kept spending freely, though, this time revving up the lineup Tuesday with a $39 million contract for Victorino. Over in the National League, the well-armed Washington Nationals neared a $13 million deal with pitcher Dan Haren.
"It seems like this is a market flush with money," said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, whose big-budget club has taken a conservative approach so far.
In the first two trades of the week, Colorado got effective reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named from Houston for young right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham, and Miami sent recently acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay.
Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets is still the prime trade target, with Boston in the mix for him, too.
Josh Hamilton remains the top free agent amid speculation the slugger will re-sign with Texas. Ace pitcher Zack Greinke also is available, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Rangers very interested.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he's been involved in the pursuit of one free agent. He didn't disclose who it was, but seemed to be enjoying this week's developments.
"It's like a smorgasbord of baseball. It's been good," Mattingly said.
Boston has been the most active team this offseason, by far. A day after giving All-Star bat Mike Napoli a $39 million, three-year deal, the Red Sox lured Victorino with the exact same contract terms.
"Can't wait to get to Boston!" Victorino tweeted during a day of snorkeling in Hawaii.
The Red Sox are coming off their worst season since 1965 and trying to reshape the roster. The 32-year-old Victorino is a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner who stole a career-high 39 bases for Philadelphia and the Dodgers last season.
Recently, the Red Sox added Jonny Gomes and David Ross.
"I think we're making the progress that we've hoped, at least in the early going, with adding those types of players," new manager John Farrell said before the Victorino deal.
Victorino projects to play right field at Fenway Park — or his arrival could lead to a trade of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, coming off a disappointing and injury-interrupted season.
The Nationals and Haren are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press. The person spoke under condition of anonymity because no deal was announced.
Washington had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg, and want to throw in Haren, an All-Star from 2007-09.
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