Adrian Gonzalez signed a $154 million, seven-year contract with the Red Sox on Friday then turned his attention to an elusive reward — winning.
Boston hasn’t done that much.
“We have faith in ourselves,” said Gonzalez, whose new deal runs through 2018. “We’re going to turn this around.”
Gonzalez is making $6.3 million in the final year of the contract he had when the Red Sox obtained him from the San Diego Padres for three prospects on Dec. 6. Boston lost the first of a four-game series with Toronto Friday, falling to a 2-10 record, the worst in baseball.
That’s one win for each long-term deal they inked in a six-day span. Pitcher Clay Buchholz was guaranteed $30 million for five years in a contract announced last Sunday. He was 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA before pitching Friday after going 17-7 with a 2.33 ERA last year.
Gonzalez, a three-time All-Star first baseman, gets a $6 million signing bonus, salaries of $21 million a season from 2012-16 and $21.5 million in each of the final two years.
BACK IN THE SADDLE
Luis Salazar is back to work, and expecting an emotional return.
The manager of the Atlanta Braves’ Class A Carolina League team hasn’t been on the job since he was struck in the left eye by a line drive off the bat of Braves catcher Brian McCann during a spring training game on March 9.
The 54-year-old Salazar lost his eye and remembers nothing beyond seeing the ball coming.
His return comes on opening night for the Class A Lynchburg (Va. ) Hillcats.
The New York Yankees have put struggling starter Phil Hughes on the 15-day disabled list with what the team calls a “dead arm.” Hughes has been hit hard in all three of his starts this season. … Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer has a viral infection, which the team believes increased the leg weakness that recently landed him on the 15-day DL. … Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been charged with embezzling from a bankruptcy estate. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles allege that after filing for bankruptcy in 2009, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from his $18.5 million mansion in Ventura County. … Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke threw a 30-pitch simulated game, another step in his return from a cracked rib. … The law firm that investigated drugs in baseball says former All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens shouldn’t be allowed to see notes or evidence used to produce a report that accused him of using steroids and human growth hormone.
The Colorado Rockies pushed ace Ubaldo Jimenez’s return to the mound back a day. Jimenez has been on the 15-day disabled list with a cracked cuticle on his right thumb. …
WASHINGTON (AP) — The law firm that investigated drugs in baseball says former All-Star pitcher Roger Clemens shouldn’t be allowed to see notes or evidence used to produce a report that accused him of using steroids and human growth hormone.
Clemens wants a federal judge to force the firm to turn over its notes for his use at trial on charges he lied about being a user.
Former Sen. George Mitchell and the DLA Piper firm investigated whether baseball players used drugs, and the Mitchell Report accused several players including Clemens.
The Colorado Rockies have juggled their starting rotation, pushing ace Ubaldo Jimenez’s return to the mound back a day.
Jimenez, who’s on the 15-day disabled list with a cracked cuticle on his right thumb, was scheduled to throw Monday to open a three-game series with San Francisco. Instead, Esmil Rogers will face Tim Lincecum and the Giants, while Jimenez starts Tuesday.