The Boston Red Sox moved forward with their strategy of giving free agents short-term contracts by reaching a $9.5 million, one-year agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Drew will take a physical before the deal can be finalized. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not complete.

Boston also finalized a $4.25 million, one-year contract with 37-year-old reliever Koji Uehara, a deal agreed to two weeks ago at the winter meetings.

Drew hit .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 games for the A's last season after being traded by Arizona on Aug. 20.

  • R.A. Dickey picked up his phone on Saturday, and New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the N.L. Cy Young Award winner he had 72 hours to negotiate a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

    "OK, here we go. I probably am never going to be a Met again," Dickey remembered thinking. "I think I had a wash of just numbness come over me, really."

    A day after he was traded to Toronto and finalized a $30 million, three-year contract with the Blue Jays, the 38-year-old knuckleballer talked about his exit from New York after three seasons. "I think it's important for me to grieve leaving New York," he said Tuesday. "I had a proverbial home there. I had a home among fans. I had a home in an organization. I had a lot of success there, and I think it's important for me to be sad about that for a moment before I move on to the next feeling."

  • The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. The one-year deal announced Tuesday is worth $3.25 million.

  • Matt Bush, a former top overall major league draft pick, has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash in Florida.

  • Frank Pastore, the former major league baseball pitcher who became a popular Christian radio show host, has died. He was 55. .

    College football

    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel picked up another major award for his spectacular debut season. He was voted The Associated Press Player of the Year.

    As with the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award that Manziel already won, the QB nicknamed Johnny Football is the first freshman to collect the AP award.

  • A Utah State player was arrested in Boise after the Aggies' bowl victory on Saturday. Junior lineman Sini Tauauvea of West Valley City, Utah, was booked into the Ada County jail at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday on charges of misdemeanor battery and trespassing.

    Soccer

    The U.S. soccer team will open its 2013 schedule with an exhibition game against Canada at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium on Jan. 29. .

  • Sporting Kansas City has introduced Argentine forward Claudio Bieler as a designated player, adding a goal-scorer from Ecuador's Serie A to its roster.

    Skiing

    Lindsey Vonn doesn't plan to do any serious training on skis during her midseason break from the World Cup. Rainer Salzgeber, racing director of Vonn's equipment supplier Head, told the AP that the four-time overall winner hasn't asked for her ski technician Heinz Haemmerle to follow her to the United States.

    Vonn announced Monday that she needs a break because she has yet to fully recover from an intestinal illness that landed her in a hospital last month.

    Miscellany

    U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp says he will rule later this week on whether a lawsuit over sports gambling in New Jersey can continue.