White Sox close on closer
SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Robertson has found a new team.
A person familiar with the negotiations says the closer and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a four-year contract. Robertson had spent his seven-year big league career with the New York Yankees. He took over from Mariano Rivera as New York’s closer last season and saved 39 games in 44 chances.
In other major league news:
— The Cleveland Indians have acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Joey Wendle.
The 31-year-old Moss batted .234 with a 25 homers and 81 RBIs in a career-high 147 games for the A’s. He hit .268 with 21 homers in the first half of the season to earn his first All-Star selection, but a nagging hip problem cut into his production over the final months.
— Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $68.5 million, six-year contract. The 24-year old Tomas hit .375 for Cuba with two homers and five RBIs in last year’s World Baseball Classic.
— A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that right-hander Jason Hammel has agreed to a $20 million, two-year contract to return to the Chicago Cubs. The 32-year-old was 8-5 with a 2.98 earned run average in 17 starts for the Cubs before he was traded to Oakland in July. He went 2-6 with a 4.26 ERA for the Athletics.
— The baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Era committee failed to elect any of the 10 candidates from a group whose primary contributions were from 1947-72. Dick Allen and Tony Oliva (oh-LEE’-vah) each received 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election. Jim Kaat (kaht) appeared on 10 ballots, Maury Wills nine and Minnie Minoso eight.