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Mets give deGrom a record raise...Britton, Yanks finalize deal $39M deal...Vance Joseph joins Cardinals

January 11, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary. The deal was agreed to today before the pitcher and team were to exchange proposed salaries in arbitration. It also set a mark for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the third time. DeGrom led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings and was selected to his second All-Star Game.

NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Britton and the New York Yankees have finalized a contract that guarantees the reliever $39 million over three seasons and could be worth $53 million for four years. Britton gets $13 million in each of the next two seasons under the deal announced today. New York has a $13 million option for 2021 and a $14 million option for 2022 and must decide within three days of the 2020 World series whether to exercise both.

NEW YORK (AP) — Free-agent second baseman D.J. LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) and the Yankees are nearing agreement on a two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The 30-year-old Gold Glove winner spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average. The deal would appear to eliminate New York as a destination for Manny Machado.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto, a day after losing free agent Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) to Milwaukee. Los Angeles obtained the 35-year-old Canadian from the Blue Jays for minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a right-hander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder. Toronto is sending cash to offset some of the $20 million Martin is owed in the final season of his contract. The four-time All-Star was with the Dodgers from 2006-10 and helped lead Los Angeles to three playoff appearances.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has been hired as the defensive coordinator on new Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury’s staff. General manager Steve Keim had said he wanted a veteran defensive coordinator to pair with Kingsbury, who has no NFL coaching experience and will focus on offense. Joseph was fired on Dec. 31 after two seasons as coach of the Broncos. He has 14 years of coaching experience in the NFL, 12 on the defensive side of the ball.

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