The A's have all but finalized a contract with free-agent reliever Russ Springer, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
All that remained Monday was for Springer to pass a physical, and an announcement might come as soon as today. The deal reportedly is for one year in the $3 million range.
The A's have been looking for relief help after trading Huston Street and letting Alan Embree and Keith Foulke leave via free agency.
Springer, 40, has played with seven teams and would lend some veteran savvy to a bullpen that figures to be rather green. The right-hander spent the past two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and went 10-2 with a 2.24 ERA, the best numbers of his 16-year big league career. He has made at least 70 appearances each of the past three seasons.
A's manager Bob Geren has indicated Joey Devine and Brad Ziegler will start the season sharing closer duties, but the makeup of the bullpen behind them is unknown heading into spring training.
Yankees: After months of stalled negotiations, pitcher Andy Pettitte agreed to a $5.5 million, one-year contract. The guaranteed money is less than half New York's original $10 million offer, but Pettitte can make an additional $6.5 million in bonuses: $4.5 million based on innings and $2 million based on days on the active roster.
"Heck, the bottom line is I'm a man, and I guess it does take a shot at your pride a little
Verducci, a Sports Illustrated writer who co-authored the book with the former Yankees manager, appeared on "The Dan Patrick Show" and WFAN's "Mike'd Up" with Mike Francesa, after a story in Sunday's New York Post portrayed Torre as bitter toward Yankees brass and linking him to scathing remarks about Alex Rodriguez and A-Rod's bizarre relationship with captain Derek Jeter.
"It's funny that in the original story that came out in the New York Post, they supposedly had the book, (but) there's not a single citation of the book," Verducci told Patrick, adding that those remarks were taken out of context and inaccurately attributed to Torre. "Joe Torre certainly wasn't name-calling, certainly didn't use the phrase 'A-Fraud' or 'Single White Female.' That's why it's important to know it is a third-person narrative."
Royals: Right-hander Zack Greinke agreed to a $38 million, four-year contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing next month. Greinke went 13-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 32 starts for Kansas City last season, setting career highs in strikeouts (183) and innings (2021/3). His 3.47 ERA was the best by a Royals starter in 11 years.
Dodgers: Veteran catcher Brad Ausmus finalized a $1 million, one-year contract. The three-time Gold Glove winner can earn an additional $350,000 in performance bonuses.
Brewers: Infielder Craig Counsell agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract after passing a physical.
Etc.: Three-time All-Star Sean Casey plans to announce his retirement today to join the MLB Network. ... The older brother of AL MVP Dustin Pedroia is facing child molestation charges. Woodland police say 30-year-old Brett Pedroia was booked at the Yolo County jail Jan. 9 on two counts of oral copulation and lewd acts with a child under age 14.