AP: Reds, Moustakas ink deal
CINCINNATI — All-Star infielder Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $64 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the team’s first move to upgrade a lineup that struggled to score.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement had not been announced.
Moustakas became a free agent for the third straight offseason after declining a mutual option with the Brewers. The 31-year-old could fill the Reds’ hole at second base that opened when Scooter Gennett got hurt and then was traded last season.
Moustakas earned $18.7 million in a pair of one-year deals. He hit .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBIs this year, making his third All-Star team. He began the season at second base and moved to third with Travis Shaw in a slump.
Moustakas rejected a $17.4 million qualifying offer from Kansas City after the 2017 season but eventually returned to the Royals on a one-year deal. He was traded to the Brewers that July and finished with a .251 average, 28 homers and 95 RBIs. He had a $7 million salary this year and gets a $3 million buyout for declining his $10 million option.
n The Chicago Cubs failed to offer a 2020 contract to shortstop Addison Russell on Monday, making the 2016 All-Star a free agent one year after he was suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
Russell was banned for 40 games last offseason after a series of allegations made by ex-wife Melisa Reidy.
n First baseman Jesus Aguilar has been claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins after being designated for assignment last week by the Tampa Bay Rays.
n The Diamondbacks did not offer 2020 contracts to outfielder Steven Souza Jr., pitcher Taijuan Walker and catcher Caleb Joseph, making them free agents.
n The Braves did not offer a 2020 contract to Charlie Culberson on Monday, making the popular utility player a free agent.
Atlanta also did not offer contracts to catcher John Ryan Murphy and outfielder Rafael Ortega.
n Second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco became free agents when the Phillies did not offer them contracts on Monday.
The Phillies offered 2020 contracts to catcher J.T. Realmuto and pitchers Hector Neris, Vince Velasquez, Zach Eflin, Adam Morgan and Jose Alvarez. The six are eligible for arbitration. The team avoided arbitration with catcher Andrew Knapp, agreeing on a one-year deal.
n The Giants allowed Kevin Pillar to become a free agent by failing to offer the outfielder a 2020 contract.
San Francisco also declined to offer contracts to left-hander Tyler Anderson, right-hander Rico Garcia and outfielder Joey Rickard and agreed to one-year deals with outfielder Alex Dickerson ($925,000), left-hander Wandy Peralta and second baseman Donovan Solano.
n The Brewers declined to offer contracts to infielder Travis Shaw, right-hander Jimmy Nelson and three others Monday, making them free agents.
Pitchers Alex Claudio and Junior Guerra and infielder Tyler Saladino were also let go by Milwaukee.
n The Indians acquired veteran catcher Sandy Leon in a trade from the Red Sox.
Cleveland sent minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista to Boston on Monday for the 30-year-old Leon.
n The Boston Red Sox have tendered outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. a contract for the 2020 season, preserving their rights to him.
n The Tampa Bay Rays did not offer a contract for 2020 to outfielder Guillermo Heredia, making him a free agent Monday night.
The Rays offered contracts to their other five arbitration-eligible players — outfielder Tommy Pham, right-handed pitcher Tyler Glasnow, relievers Chaz Roe and Oliver Drake, and infielder Daniel Robertson — by Monday’s deadline.
n The Oakland Athletics did not tender a contract to former closer Blake Treinen on Monday, letting the 2018 All-Star become a free agent.
Left-hander Ryan Buchter and catcher Josh Phegley also didn’t receive contracts. Lefty T.J. McFarland reached agreement on a one-year deal to avoid salary arbitration.
n The Royals and left-hander Mike Montgomery, the club’s once-heralded prospect, agreed to a $3.1 million contract for next season on Monday to avoid salary arbitration.
n The Mariners failed to offer 2020 contracts to infielder Tim Beckham and outfielder Domingo Santana on Monday, making them free agents.
n Backup infielder Ehire Adrianza and the Minnesota Twins agreed Monday to a $1.6 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
n All-Star catcher James McCann agreed to a $5.4 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox on Monday, more than doubling his salary.
n Switch-hitting second baseman Jurickson Profar was acquired by the San Diego Padres from the Oakland Athletics on Monday for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named.