Notes: White Sox decline $13m option on Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis is a free agent after his $13 million option was declined.
Kevin Youkilis is a free agent after his $13 million option was declined.

The White Sox announced Tuesday that they have turned down a $13 million option on third baseman Kevin Youkilis, and agreed with righthander Jake Peavy on a $29 million, two-year contract.

Chicago also exercised a $9.5 million option on righthander Gavin Floyd, and declined a $10 million option on righthander Brett Myers.

Youkilis, who spent 8½ seasons with the Red Sox before being traded to Chicago June 24 for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart, will receive a buyout of $1 million. He batted .236 with 15 home runs in 80 games for Chicago, but new general manager Rich Hahn decided not to exercise his option. Youkilis is now a free agent, although the White Sox could re-sign him to a less lucrative deal.


Peavy will receive $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons, and would receive a $15 million option for 2015, depending on innings during the next two years. Peavy’s previous deal included a $22 million option for next season with a $4 million buyout. The buyout will be paid in equal installments from 2016-19.

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The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner went 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts this year after three injury-riddled seasons.

‘‘Jake showed again last season why he is capable of being one of the top pitchers in the American League,’’ Hahn said in a statement. ‘‘Early on in this process, Jake expressed his strong desire to remain with the White Sox, and we’re happy to reach a deal that keeps him at the top end of our rotation and his influence in our clubhouse.’’

Myers gets a $3 million buyout from the team.

Leyland to return

Jim Leyland is returning next year as manager of the Tigers.


The team quickly ended any remaining speculation about his status by announcing Tuesday that Leyland’s contract was extended through 2013. He managed on a one-year deal this year and led the Tigers to the World Series, where they were swept by the Giants.

‘‘Detroit is a tremendous baseball town and I couldn’t dream of a better place to manage,’’ Leyland said in a statement. ‘‘Tigers fans and the people of Michigan have supported us so well during my time here, I can’t even begin to express how much that means to me.’’

The team said Leyland’s coaching staff also has been invited to return.

Next season will be Leyland’s 22d as a major league manager and his eighth in Detroit. He’s led the Tigers to the postseason three times and the World Series twice.

The 67-year-old Leyland leads all active managers with 1,676 wins, a total that puts him 15th on the career list.


The Tigers exercised a $6 million option on second baseman Jhonny Peralta and a $3.5 million option on righthander Octavio Dotel.

Gloves of gold

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Padres third baseman Chase Headley were among nine players who won Gold Gloves for the first time.

Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy also was in the first-time group. The Orioles were the only team with three winners, with center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters also picked by major league managers and coaches.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (beating out Adrian Gonzalez) each won for the fifth time, and Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre won his fourth Gold Glove.

The Yankees’ Robinson Cano won at second base, besting the Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia. A’s right fielder Josh Reddick, a former Red Sox, was a first-time selection.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout wasn’t chosen despite a season full of great catches.

Surgery for Romero

Blue Jays lefthander Ricky Romero has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow and is expected to need six weeks to recover.

Dr. Lewis Yocum operated after the regular season, the team said Tuesday. Romero also received platelet rich plasma treatments in both knees to enhance recovery of quadriceps tendinitis.

Romero was 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA and left his final start, on Sept. 30, after three innings because of a leg injury.

Braves keep three

The Braves exercised options on catcher Brian McCann, righthander Tim Hudson, and lefthander Paul Maholm. McCann, a six-time All-Star, will earn $12 million next season instead of receiving a $500,000 buyout. The 37-year-old Hudson will earn $9 million instead of getting a $1 million buyout. Maholm, 30, will earn $6.5 million . . . Athletics pitchers Dallas Braden and Joey Devine have cleared outright waivers and chosen to become free agents rather than accept assignments to Triple A Sacramento. Both pitchers missed the 2012 season because of injuries that required surgery . . . The Rangers declined a $9.25 million club option for Scott Feldman and a $1.2 million option for Yoshinori Tateyama, making both righthanders free agents. Texas also reinstated righthander Neftali Feliz from the 60-day disabled list . . . The Dodgers are bringing Brandon League back to their bullpen, signing the free agent righthander to a three-year deal. League was acquired by the Dodgers from the Mariners at the July trade deadline and went 2-1 with six saves and a 2.30 ERA in 28 appearances. League will be the closer next season . . . Dave May, a one-time All-Star for the Milwaukee Brewers who was traded to Atlanta to bring back local hero Hank Aaron, died Oct. 20, in Bear, Del., at age 68, according to a New York Times report. The cause was cancer, his son Derrick said.