MLB notebook: Report: Phillies make 3-year offer to Hamilton
The Phillies offered a three-year deal to slugger Josh Hamilton, according to 94WIP in Philadelphia.
But a source with the team told ESPN.com that he would be “shocked” if the Phillies manage the sign the Rangers star.
CBSSports.com reports that the 31-year-old seeks a seven-year deal but may have to settle for less than that.
Hamilton hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBI last season.
Red Sox interested in Dempster
FoxSports.com reports that the Red Sox are in “serious discussions” with pitcher Ryan Dempster.
The 35-year-old is seeking a three-year-deal, according to the report, and has turned down lucrative two-year offers.
Dempster went 12-8 with a 3.38 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 173 innings last season.
Dodgers get Schumaker from Cards
The Dodgers acquired infielder-outfielder Skip Schumaker from the Cardinals for minor league infielder Jake Lemmerman on Wednesday.
Schumaker hit .276 with one home run and 28 RBI last season. Lemmerman batted .233 with seven home runs and 46 RBI with Double-A Chattanooga last season.
Mets defer part of Wright's salary
David Wright will have to wait until 2025 to receive all the money from his $138 million, eight-year contract with the Mets.
The deal includes $15.5 million in salary that is being deferred without interest. The money is to be paid in equal installments of $3.1 million each June 30 from 2021-25.
Dodgers on track to pass Yankees
The Dodgers are on track to become only the second major league team with a $200 million payroll and could end the Yankees' streak of 14 years as baseball's biggest spender.
The Dodgers are at $214.8 million for 21 signed players next season, according to a study of their contracts by the Associated Press. That follows last weekend's additions of free agent pitcher Zack Greinke for a $147 million, six-year contract and South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin for a $36 million, six-year deal.
Meanwhile, the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from the Red Sox to the Dodgers last August will wrap up with Boston paying $11.7 million to Los Angeles over the next three years.
The Red Sox will make identical payments of $3.9 million in 2013, '14 and '15 as part of the cash component of the trade.