Hunter returns to Twins; Medlen, Beachy let go

By Ronald Blum ,AP

NEW YORK — Torii Hunter is returning to the Minnesota Twins, and injured Atlanta pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have been tossed into the free-agent market along with San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera and New York Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr.

Hunter agreed Tuesday to a US$10.5 million, one-year contract with the Twins, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.

A five-time All-Star outfielder turns 40 in July, Hunter played for the Twins from 1997-07 before signing a US$90 million, five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. He then signed a US$26 million, two-year deal with Detroit.

In a trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Chris Heisey from Cincinnati for minor league pitcher Matt Magill.

Los Angeles Angels infielder Gordon Beckham, Oakland first baseman Kyle Blanks, Texas pitcher Alexi Ogando and Cincinnati reliever Logan Ondrusek also were among the players let go.

Once considered rising stars in the Braves rotation, Medlen and Beachy did not pitch in 2014 after ligament-replacement surgeries during spring training, the second Tommy John operation for each.

Cabrera, an All-Star shortstop in 2013, faces charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana in a car after he was stopped by authorities in eastern San Diego County on Sept. 3. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 8.

He was also suspended by Major League Baseball for the final 50 games of the 2013 season for violating the sport’s drug agreement in relation to its investigation of the Biogenesis of America drug clinic.

Cabrera led the National League with 44 stolen bases in 2012 but batted just .232 this year with three homers, 20 RBIs and 18 steals in 90 games.

Young led the NL with 46 steals in 2013 and opened last season as the Mets’ leadoff hitter but managed only a .299 on-base percentage and was squeezed out among competition for outfield places.

Oakland agreed to one-year contracts with first baseman Ike Davis (US$3.8 million) and pitcher Fernando Rodriguez (US$635,000). The Yankees struck a US$1.48 million, one-year deal with reliever Esmil Rogers.

In addition, Seattle finalized its US$100 million, seven-year deal with All-Star third baseman Kyle Seager, an agreement from last week that had been pending completion.

Among free agents, reliever Matt Belisle agreed to a US$3.5 million, one-year deal with St. Louis.