Yunel Escobar agrees to 2-year extension with Rays
Shortstop Yunel Escobar and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 worth a guaranteed $13 million.
The deal announced Saturday also includes a club option for 2017. The extension replaces a 2015 club option.
The 31-year Escobar played in a career-high 153 games and made 149 starts last season for the Rays. After establishing club records with a .989 fielding percentage and 53 consecutive errorless games at shortstop, he was a finalist for the American League Gold Glove Award.
Pittsburgh extensions: The Pirates have signed general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle through the 2017 season, with a club option for 2018.
Hurdle and Huntington have orchestrated a dramatic turnaround in Pittsburgh. The Pirates had the worst record in the majors in 2010 but have improved in each of Hurdles three seasons at the helm.
Pittsburgh won 94 games in 2013 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1992, and Hurdle was honored as the Manager of the Year in the National League.
Huntington, hired in the fall of 2007, rebuilt the teams farm system into one of the best in baseball. The Pirates have the reigning NL MVP in center fielder Andrew McCutchen and budding homegrown stars in right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and left fielder Starling Marte.
Teixeira to DL: The Yankees placed first baseman Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring and recalled catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton.
Teixeira left Fridays game in the second inning after he was injured while trying to field a foul grounder.
Manager Joe Girardi says Teixeira will undergo an MRI exam when the Yankees return home Monday.
Kelly Johnson started at first base Saturday, and Girardi says Johnson will get the bulk of the playing time in Teixeiras absence.
Houston retirees: Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt signed one-day contracts and officially retired as Astros.
Royals moves: Kansas City purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks from Triple-A Omaha.
Brooks, who was a nonroster invitee to spring training, was 7-7 with a 4.17 ERA last season for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He has never appeared in a major-league game.
Infielder Pedro Ciriaco, who has a career .277 average in 164 games in the majors, was designated for assignment to make roster space for Brooks.