Mariners, Mets Make More Moves at Meetings
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — Talk about change in baseball.
Seattle is spending, adding two-time All-Star Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to go along with Robinson Cano.
The New York Mets also are flashing big bucks, striking a deal with pitcher Bartolo Colon after signing Curtis Granderson.
Away from the formal meetings, the Mariners added a pair of first baseman-outfielders with pop, reaching agreement on a one-year deal with Hart and acquiring Morrison in a trade with the Miami Marlins.
Hart confirmed he had agreed to the deal in a text to The Associated Press. The deal is still pending what should be a closely monitored physical. Hart missed last season following surgery on his right knee.
Morrison was acquired for relief pitcher Carter Capps, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
Seattle has made adding offense a top priority this offseason, starting with a yet-to-be-finalized agreement with Cano said to be worth $240 million over 10 years.
After giving outfielder Curtis Granderson a $60 million, four-year contract, the Mets reached agreement on a $20 million, two-year deal with the 40-year-old Colon, raising their free-agent spending to more than $87 million this offseason. The contract is pending the completion of a physical for the 18-game winner, a person familiar with the negotiations told the AP.
Pittsburgh agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract with right-hander Edinson Volquez, also pending a physical. The 30-year-old Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA this year while splitting time between San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Pirates and right-hander Charlie Morton agreed to a $21 million, three-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.
Detroit finalized a $10 million, two-year contract with outfielder Rajai Davis, Houston acquired right-hander Anthony Bass from San Diego in a deal that also sends a player to be named or cash both ways, and utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. said he is retiring.
Boise State Hires Coach
Boise, Idaho — Boise State hired former player and offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin to be the Broncos’ next head coach.
Athletic Director Mark Coyle confirmed Wednesday he had lured Harsin back to Boise and away from Arkansas State, where Harsin served as head coach for just one season.
The 37-year-old Harsin grew up in Boise and became a backup quarterback after walking on to the program in the late 1990s. He then worked as an assistant coach starting in 2001 and was elevated to offensive coordinator in 2006 by Chris Petersen, the man he will now replace.
UConn Hires Notre Dame Assistant
Storrs, Conn. — Connecticut has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco as its football coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the hiring.
The 40-year-old Diaco takes over a team that went 3-9 this season, and fired Paul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start.
Diaco won the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach, the first Irish assistant to ever capture the award.
Earlier Wednesday, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said he had withdrawn from consideration.
The hiring was first reported by CBS Sports.
Revs Keeper Retires
Foxborough, Mass. — New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis is retiring after a 16-year career to become the goalie coach for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Reis, who spent the past 11 seasons with the Revolution, is a four-time league all-star. He played for the Galaxy from 1998 to 2002 and helped the club win its first MLS Cup in 2002.
He’s coming off a strong season with a 7-0-4 record for New England. But he played in just 12 games because of physical problems and the Boston Marathon bombing, in which his father-in-law was severely injured.
The 38-year-old Reis returned in August and helped the Revolution to the playoffs.
He’s fourth in MLS history among goalkeepers in games, fifth in wins and saves and sixth in shutouts.