ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Free-agent catcher Rene Rivera and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $2.8 million, 1-year contract.
Rivera has played for 6 teams over 9 seasons in a major league career that began with Seattle. He split last season between the Mets and Cubs, batting .252 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 74 games.
The 34-year-old Rivera has a strong arm behind the plate, throwing out 36.8 percent of attempted base-stealers.
He is likely to compete for the Angels’ backup job behind Gold Glove winner Martin Maldonado, who is eligible for arbitration after appearing in 138 games last season.
Rivera’s base salary is guaranteed, and he can earn $200,000 in performance bonuses for games started at catcher: $50,000 each for 45, 50, 55 and 60.
Angels’ left-hander Nate Smith was designated for assignment. Smith is a longtime Angels prospect. He won’t pitch in 2018 after having shoulder surgery last month.
• SAN DIEGO (AP) — Japanese right-hander Kazuhisa Makita is guaranteed $3.8 million in his 2-year contract with the San Diego Padres.
Makita has salaries of $1.9 million each of the next 2 seasons. He can earn an additional $250,000 annually in performance bonuses based on games: $50,000 (40, 45, 50, 55 and 60). He would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded.
The 33-year-old was 10-4 with a 1.91 ERA the last 2 seasons with the Pacific League’s Seibu Lions and was Japan’s closer in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics. San Diego agreed to pay the Lions a $500,000 posting fee for his rights.
• MILWAUKEE (AP) — Reliever Boone Logan and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.5 million, 1-year contract.
The 33-year-old left-hander was 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA in 38 games for Cleveland last year, striking out 28 in 21 innings. He is 29-23 with a 4.47 ERA and 3 saves in 619 relief appearances for the White Sox (2006-08), Atlanta (2009), Yankees (2010-13), Colorado (2014-16) and Cleveland (2017).
Logan has a $1,875,000 salary this year, and the Brewers have a $2,125,000 option for 2019 with a $625,000 buyout.
He can earn an additional $3.2 million annually in performance bonuses, of which $2.2 million are for games and $1 million for innings. Logan would get $50,000 for 25 games, $100,000 each for 30 and 35, $150,000 apiece for 40, 45 and 50, $200,000 each for 55 and 60, $250,000 apiece for 65 and 70, and $300,000 each for 75 and 80.
He would get $200,000 for 35 innings, $250,000 each for 45 and 55 and $300,000 for 65.
• NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for 5 sections past down both foul lines.
A boy was struck on the head by a portion of Chris Carter’s broken bat at Yankee Stadium on May 25, and a fan sitting beyond the 1st-base dugout was hit by a 105 miles-per-hour foul ball off the bat of Aaron Judge on July 25. A young girl was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier on Sept. 20 and was taken to a hospital.
Team officials said Wednesday that green netting, designed to minimize visual impact, will rise 9 feet above each dugout but the bottom 3 feet will be retractable and pulled up during batting practice to allow fan interaction with players.
Beyond the dugouts, nets will rise to about 5½ feet above the wall, which is 8 feet above the field surface. The Yankees said the system is called Dyneema fiber Ultra Cross 1.2 millimeter-wide knotless netting and will be in front of seats until the stands are parallel to the foul lines.
The Mets extended netting beyond the outfield ends of the dugouts last summer. Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minnesota, San Diego and Seattle have said they intend to have expanded netting this year.
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