A person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press that outfielder Carl Crawford has reached a preliminary agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a $142 million, seven-year contract.
The agreement is subject to Crawford's passing a physical, the person said Wednesday night.
Crawford, 29, batted .307 with 19 homers and 90 RBIs for Tampa Bay in 2010.
Yankees make Lee an offer. The New York Yankees have offered free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee a six-year deal worth between $137 million and $140 million.
The 32-year-old lefthander's agent, Darek Braunecker, left the winter meetings and headed to Arkansas to meet with his client.
Francoeur to Royals. Outfielder Jeff Francoeur is on the move again, agreeing to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals. Kansas City said the agreement includes a mutual option for 2012.
Francoeur split this year between the New York Mets and the Texas Rangers, hitting a combined .249 with 13 home runs and 65 RBIs. He came up with the Atlanta Braves in 2005 and won a Gold Glove two years later, then was traded to the Mets in 2009.
Pirates land Diaz. The Pittsburgh Pirates and outfielder Matt Diaz reached a preliminary agreement on a $4.25 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. Diaz, 32, hit .273 with seven homers and 31 RBIs in 84 games for Atlanta last season. The season before, he batted .313 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs.
A focus on first. Paul Konerko is staying with the White Sox and Carlos Pena is going to the Cubs. as both Chicago teams took care of their needs at first base.
The White Sox and Konerko agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract. The four-time all-star hit .312 with 39 home runs and 111 RBIs last season. The 34-year Konerko will be part of a lineup that now includes slugger Adam Dunn, recently signed to a $56 million, four-year deal.
Pena and the Cubs have agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract. Pena spent the last four seasons with Tampa Bay. He had a down year in 2010, hitting .196 with 28 homers and 84 RBIs, down from a .227 average with 39 homers and 100 RBIs the previous year.
Announcer honored. Longtime Expos and Marlins play-by-play announcer Dave Van Horne has won the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
The native of Easton, Pa., with the Marlins since 2001, will be honored during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 24.