Lefthander Joe Beimel and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract that would escalate to a $1.5 million deal if he spends at least one day on the active major-league roster during the regular season.
The deal, announced Friday, is not guaranteed, which means Beimel is assured only $98,361 in termination pay if he is released before the final 15 days of spring training. He can earn $300,000 in performance bonuses based on games pitched: $75,000 each for 45, 50, 55, and 60.
Beimel, 37, was 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 56 relief appearances last season with Seattle and held left-handed hitters to a .188 batting average.
Former University of Miami pitching coach Lazaro "Laser" Collazo will plead guilty to lesser charges in the baseball steroid investigation involving a South Florida antiaging clinic, Collazo's attorney said Friday.
Federal prosecutors Friday dropped the more serious steroid distribution counts against him in favor of two simple testosterone possession charges, each punishable by a year in prison. Some of the previous charges carried potential 10-year prison terms.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista was a late scratch from Friday's lineup against Baltimore because of tightness in his right hamstring.
The team does not expect it to be a long-term issue. Nonroster invitee Caleb Gindl took Bautista's spot in right field.
Bautista hit .286 with 35 home runs and 103 RBIs last season.
Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish was headed for an MRI exam Friday after leaving his spring training debut the previous day after one inning with tightness in his right triceps.
A South Florida businessman is set to be sentenced for illegally helping finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba.