Free-agent starting pitcher C.J. Wilson has signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.
Wilson was considered by many to be one of the top pitching prizes on the free-agent market this winter. The 31-year-old posted a 16-7 record this season for the Texas Rangers, while also recording a 2.94 ERA in over 220 innings of work. Today’s signing means the culmination of a seven-year career for Wilson in Texas, in which he served five years as a reliever, two as a starter, and helped the club reach two World Series.
DALLAS (AP) -- Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.
DALLAS (AP) -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, Milwaukee reliever Francisco Rodriguez and Toronto second baseman Kelly Johnson have accepted salary arbitration offers from their former teams.
The three are considered signed players for 2012 following Wednesday night's decisions.
DALLAS (AP) -- Jose Reyes felt the love from the Miami Marlins. And the money.
When the free-agent signing period began last month, the Marlins wanted to meet the All-Star shortstop right away -- as in not a minute to spare.
So owner Jeffrey Loria, team president David Samson and their top baseball officials arranged a midnight rendezvous with Reyes and his agent at a table outside Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, the New York hotel famous for hosting President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe a half-century ago.
"12:01. Those guys are crazy," Reyes said Wednesday, when his $106 million, six-year contract was finalized. "They showed me a lot of love."
The Boston Red Sox have picked Bobby Valentine to be their next manager and the sides were working to complete a contract, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. Several media outlets in Boston, citing anonymous sources, reported earlier in the evening that Valentine would be the team's new manager.
An announcement could come by Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Milwaukee's Ryan Braun won the NL Most Valuable Player Award on Tuesday after helping lead the Brewers to their first division title in nearly 30 years.
The left fielder received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Detroit's Justin Verlander became the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century to win a Most Valuable Player award, adding it to the Cy Young Award he won last week.
Verlander earned the American League MVP honor Monday, receiving 13 of 28 first-place votes and 280 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was second with four firsts and 242 points, followed by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista with five firsts and 231 points, Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson with 215 and Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera with 193.