DETROIT - A person familiar with the negotiations said six-time all-star Magglio Ordonez and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $10 million, one-year deal.
The person, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal hadn't been announced, said it includes potential award bonuses.
Detroit declined Ordonez's $15 million option in October, but wanted him back if he appeared to be healthy after breaking his right ankle in July and needed season-ending surgery. The outfielder turns 37 next month.
Martin finalizes Yanks deal. Catcher Russell Martin finalized a $4 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees. Martin will become the primary catcher, with Jorge Posada shifting to designated hitter. Barring a trade, Francisco Cervelli, Jesus Montero, and Austin Romine will compete for a reserve role.
Rivera: Red Sox were option. Mariano Rivera admitted the unthinkable had been a possibility. The Boston Red Sox offered him a chance to turn in his pinstripes and switch sides in baseball's fiercest rivalry. "It was real. It was real," he said Thursday. While Boston made an offer to the great closer, Rivera on Tuesday accepted a $30 million, two-year contract from the Yankees, the only major-league team for which he's ever played.
Red Sox near Jenks deal? The Boston Red Sox have signed righthanded reliever Matt Albers to a one-year contract while reportedly also working out a deal with former Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks. Boston also sent utilityman Eric Patterson to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. ESPN.com reported that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with Jenks, pending a physical. Jenks saved 27 games last season but lost his closing job at the end of the year when he struggled with injuries.
Blue Jays sign Encarnacion. Edwin Encarnacion and the Blue Jays have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract that will keep the infielder in Toronto next season. The team announced the deal on Thursday. It includes a $3.5 million club option for 2012. The 27-year-old batted .244 with 21 homers and 51 RBIs in 2010. He has a career .258 average with 100 homers and 337 RBIs in 652 games.
A's get Willingham from Nats. Outfielder Josh Willingham has been traded to the Oakland Athletics in a deal that sends two prospects to the Washington Nationals. Willingham batted .268 with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs last season, his second with Washington after five years with Florida. The Nationals get righthanded reliever Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown.