BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Baseball notes: Indians’ Francona lines up Matsuzaka

The Associated PressFebruary 11, 2013 

— With at least one spot open in his rotation, new Indians manager Terry Francona will give a pitcher he knows well a shot to win a starting job.

Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland. Matsuzaka, who pitched for Francona with the Boston Red Sox, must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.

The Indians’ pitchers and catchers reported to camp in Goodyear, Ariz. on Sunday, with physicals scheduled to take place today.

Matsuzaka, 32, would get a $1.5 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and would be able to earn $2.5 million in bonuses based on innings and starts.

He has won 50 major league games since signing a $52 million, six-year contract with Boston as free agent in 2007.

Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers are the only pitchers with guaranteed spots in Cleveland’s rotation. Zach McAllister comes to camp favored to win the No. 4 spot, leaving Matsuzaka in a group with Scott Kazmir, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber and David Huff fighting it out.

The Indians’ preliminary agreement with Matsuzaka comes one day after the club signed 42-year-old slugger Jason Giambi to a minor league deal.

Johnson to earn $6.5M, Hammel $6.75M from Orioles

All-Star closer Jim Johnson will make $6.5 million and pitcher Jason Hammel will earn $6.75 million under their one-year contracts with Baltimore.

In addition, the Orioles were working toward a $5.8 million, two-year contract with Darren O’Day. The agreement is subject to a physical.

The three right-handers were Baltimore’s only players in arbitration. ...

Pirates set targets for Liriano

Left-hander Francisco Liriano is guaranteed $1 million under his contract with Pittsburgh and can earn up to $13.75 million plus award bonuses over two years if he pitches regularly and an injury to his non-throwing arm doesn’t land him on the disabled list.

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service