The deal includes a vesting option with escalators and performance bonuses and could be worth $16.5 million over two years, the source said.
Morrison, 30, hit .246 with a career-high 38 homers, 85 RBIs and 81 walks in his second season with the Tampa Bay Rays, where he arrived after being acquired from the Seattle Mariners in a six-player trade in 2016.
The slugging first baseman has also played for the Miami Marlins during seven seasons in the major leagues, compiling a .245 batting average with 122 homers and 382 RBIs.
Drafted in the 22nd round by the-then Florida Marlins in 2005, Morrison had a $2.5 million base salary last season.
Baltimore Orioles’ Trey Mancini gets standing ovation in first home at-bat since return from cancer
Fans at Camden Yards gave Trey Mancini a standing ovation Thursday in his first home at-bat since returning from colon cancer.
He also received applause from the Boston Red Sox players in the field. Mancini tipped his batting helmet in appreciation of the ovation.
Mancini then beat out a double-play grounder and later scored on Ryan Mountcastle‘s two-run home run.
Mancini missed the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after being diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in spring training last year.
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte placed on 10-day IL
Arizona recalled Andrew Young, who had been with its taxi squad, ahead of Thursday’s game at Coors Field.
Marte was injured in the sixth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 8-0 loss. He grabbed the back of his right hamstring while running to first base after hitting a grounder to third and had to be helped off the field.
Manager Torey Lovullo says Marte likely will get an MRI when the team returns home.
“There’s some soreness there; there are some things that we expected,” Lovullo said.
Marte, 27, was hitting .462 with two home runs in the first six games.
New York Mets place Dellin Betances on injured list, add Trevor Hildenberger to bullpen
The team announced the move a little less than 90 minutes before the first pitch of its home opener against the Miami Marlins. New York selected right-hander Trevor Hildenberger to the major league roster and added him to a bullpen that struggled during the first three games of the season in Philadelphia.
The 30-year-old Hildenberger pitched for the Minnesota from 2017 to 2019, going 9-11 with a 5.35 ERA in 132 relief outings, but hasn’t appeared in the majors since.
The oft-injured Betances made his season debut Wednesday in an 8-2 loss to the Phillies. The 6-foot-8, 265-pound right-hander gave up one run with a walk and a strikeout in one inning of work. He did not allow a hit but threw only nine of 21 pitches for strikes.
A four-time All-Star with the crosstown Yankees, the 33-year-old Betances has been a big disappointment since signing with the Mets as a free agent in December 2019. He struggled with his control during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in 15 appearances. He walked 12 and struck out 11 in 11 2/3 innings.
After the season, Betances exercised his $6 million player option for this year, deciding against taking a $3 million buyout and becoming a free agent again. That made his deal with the Mets worth $13.5 million over two years.
Betances, who grew up in New York City and went to high school in Brooklyn, struck out 115 over 66 2/3 innings and had a 2.70 ERA with the Yankees in 2018 then missed nearly all of 2019 due to a bone spur behind his right shoulder. He returned Sept. 15 at Toronto, but his season ended after two batters and eight pitches when he partially tore the Achilles tendon in his left foot while striking out Brandon Drury.
Betances was the first reliever in baseball history to have 100 or more strikeouts in five consecutive seasons (2014-18). He led major league relievers in strikeouts each year from 2014 to 2016.
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