Two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana will join the Baltimore Orioles at spring training as he seeks to return to Major League Baseball after missing two of the past three seasons because of a torn capsule in his pitching shoulder.
Second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jacoby Ellsbury were among 13 Major League Baseball players who turned down $14.1 million qualifying offers from their teams, clearing them to negotiate with other clubs on the free-agent market.
Pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Cleveland Indians received a five-game suspension and was fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at former teammate Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.
The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox tendered one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers to three of their free agents: outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew.
Roy Halladay became the fifth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both the National and American Leagues after a season in which he threw a perfect game and pitched his best at the close of the season.
The New York Yankees didn’t make a move in the week before Major League Baseball’s trade deadline for the first time since 2002, while the sport’s six division leaders all bolstered their rosters for a postseason push.