Orioles Re-sign Johnson, Hammel
All-Star closer Jim Johnson will earn $6.5 million, and pitcher Jason Hammel will make $6.75 million under their newly signed one-year contracts with the Baltimore Orioles. Under Friday's agreement, Johnson can make an additional $50,000 in performance bonuses, and Hammel can earn an extra $300,000 in performance bonuses.
The 29-year-old Johnson requested $7.1 million in arbitration and was offered $5.7 million when players and teams exchanged proposed salaries. He earned $2,775,000 last year.
Hammel, 30, was 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 starts for the Orioles last season. He asked for $8.25 million, while Baltimore countered at $5.7 million after he earned $4.75 million in 2012, his first season with the Orioles.
Freese signs one-year contract
Former World Series MVP David Freese will make $3.15 million under his new one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, almost six times the $518,000 he made last season.
A native of St. Louis County, Freese hit .283 with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs last year and earned his first All-Star appearance. For the first time, he was eligible for arbitration.
Freese, MVP of the 2011 World Series victory over the Texas Rangers, had requested $3.75 million and had been offered $2.4 million when teams and players swapped arbitration figures last month. Among the three Cardinals who filed for arbitration, Friday's signing made Freese the final player to strike an agreement.
Matsuzaka agrees to contract
Right-handed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Cleveland Indians agreed to a minor league contract.
If he passes a physical, Matsuzaka will have an opportunity to earn a spot in Cleveland's starting rotation. The team's pitchers and catchers reported to training camp in Goodyear, Arizona, on Sunday. Physicals are scheduled to occur later this week.
Matsuzaka, 32, has won 50 major league games since signing a six-year, $52 million deal with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in 2007. Dice-K will reunite with manager Terry Francona, who was his manager for most of his time in Boston.
Lowe receives deal
Mark Lowe and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a minor league contract, giving the club an additional relief option in spring training.
The 29-year-old right hander was 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA in 36 relief appearances for Texas last season, when he didn't make a major league appearance from June 25 to August 10 due to a strained muscle in his right side.