Red Sox’s Pedroia won’t report on time
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia won’t report to spring training with the rest of the Red Sox position players next week, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday.
A four-time All-Star who was the AL rookie of the year in 2007 and the AL MVP in his second season, Pedroia has played in just nine games the past two seasons while trying to recover from the injury he sustained when Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his knee in May 2017.
For the third straight spring, the team was hoping Pedroia could return to the lineup. For the third straight spring, those plans have been thwarted. Boston signed infielder José Peraza to a one-year deal in December, and Michael Chavis also plays second base.
The longest-tenured player on the Red Sox roster, Pedroia was a key part of the team’s 2007 World Series championship and he helped win another in 2013. He had surgery after the 2017 season and admitted to rushing back the next year; he played in only three games in late May before going back on the disabled list, while the Red Sox earned a franchise-record 108 wins and another championship.
Walker reunites with Mariners on 1-year deal
PEORIA, Ariz. — Right-hander Taijuan Walker returned to Seattle, agreeing Wednesday to a $2 million, one-year contract that includes $500,000 each in performance and roster bonuses.
The 27-year-old was selected by Seattle with the 43rd overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft and went 22-22 with a 4.18 ERA in 62 starts and three relief appearances for the Mariners from 2013-16. He was traded to Arizona in November 2016 and went 9-9 with a 3.46 ERA in 32 starts for the Diamondbacks from 2017-19.
Walker had Tommy John surgery on April 25, 2018. He returned to the majors on the final day of the regular season last year, tossing a scoreless inning against San Diego.
Pirates: Free agent Jarrod Dyson finalized a $2 million deal with Pittsburgh. The 35-year-old hit .230 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 130 games with the Diamondbacks last season. Dyson also stole 30 bases for the fifth time in his career.
Phillies: Tommy Hunter passed his physical and worked out with Philadelphia after the right-hander finalized an $850,000, one-year contract. Hunter had surgery in July to repair a flexor tendon in his right arm after pitching in just five games. He had a 3.80 ERA in 64 innings in 2018.
Diamondbacks: Arizona right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has a fracture on his non-throwing wrist but still hopes to be ready for the regular season. Leake, 32, had an MRI and he said it revealed an old fracture that was aggravated by a fall while he was chasing his dog.
Marlins: Right-hander Brad Boxberger and utilityman Sean Rodriguez agreed to minor league deals with Miami. Boxberger went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA for Kansas City last year. Rodriguez, a 12-year veteran, batted .223 in 76 games for Philadelphia last season.
Cardinals: Brad Miller agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with St. Louis. Miller hit .260 with 13 homers and 25 RBIs last year for Cleveland and Philadelphia.