On Tuesday, Andrew Miller’s agent, Mark Rodgers, felt the Red Sox were still in the hunt for the free agent lefthanded reliever.
But according to a Red Sox source, Miller is headed somewhere other than Boston. Where remains uncertain.
The Yankees, Dodgers, and Astros have been fully engaged with Miller. The Blue Jays, White Sox, and Tigers also have been linked to him.
But unless something changes dramatically, it appears the Sox won’t get their prime target for the bullpen.
There have been reports that Miller is seeking a four-year deal in the $40 million-$50 million range. Many teams won’t go a fourth year for a reliever, and the Red Sox may be one of them.
Markakis a Brave
Free agent outfielder Nick Markakis and the Braves agreed to a four-year contract, pending a physical. The 31-year-old spent the first nine years of his career with the Orioles. Last season he batted .276 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs.
Markakis fills a void left by the recent trade of right fielder Jason Heyward to the Cardinals. Also, it may step up talks on a potential deal for slugger Justin Upton, who is entering the final year of his contract.
Blue Jays trade Happ
The Mariners traded outfielder Michael Saunders to the Blue Jays in exchange for veteran lefthander J.A. Happ. Saunders appeared in 78 games and hit .273 with eight homers and 34 RBIs for Seattle. He’s shown potential throughout his career but has struggled with staying healthy. Happ, 31, appeared in 30 games and made 26 starts for the Blue Jays last season. He went 11-11 with a 4.22 ERA in 158 innings . . . The Jays and free agent first baseman Justin Smoak agreed to a one-year contract worth $1 million. Smoak batted .202 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season. Toronto claimed him on waivers Oct. 28 and declined his $3.65 million option Nov. 1.
Hochevar will make $4.5 million this season and $5.5 million for the 2016 season, a person familiar with the terms said.
Hochevar missed last season after Tommy John surgery.
. . . Righthander Eddie Gamboa and the Orioles agreed to a one-year contract that pays him a $525,000 salary in the major leagues and $150,000 in the minors. Gamboa went a combined 5-7 with a 3.81 ERA in 19 games with Double A Bowie and Triple A Norfolk. The 29-year-old is currently pitching in the Mexican Pacific League Winter League.
Span has surgery
Nationals center fielder Denard Span had surgery for a sports hernia, and the team expects him to be ready for spring training. Span batted .302 last season for the NL East champions, with 31 stolen bases and a Nationals-record 184 hits . . . The Braves agreed to terms with reliever Jim Johnson on a one-year contract. Johnson, 31, went 5-2 with a 7.09 ERA in a combined 53⅓ innings last year for Oakland and Detroit. The former Baltimore closer is 23-28 with a 3.57 ERA and 124 saves in his career . . . The Padres agreed to a one-year contract with shortstop Clint Barmes, pending a physical.
Mets ace Matt Harvey is willing to accept limits on his starts and innings next year in order to able to pitch in the playoffs if New York makes it that far for the first time since 2006. Harvey hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 24, 2013, and the righthander is recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery that Oct. 22. He has been working out at Citi Field six days a week and expects to start throwing off a mound next month in preparation for reporting to spring training around Feb. 1, several weeks ahead of the team’s official workouts. ‘‘I don’t think it’s going to be easy to skip starts,’’ he said. “I don’t think pitchers are going to want to really do that. But to be able to pitch in October is more important.’’
The Pirates signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a minor league contract and invited him to big league camp. The 31-year-old has a 46-47 career record with the White Sox and Padres.
No jail for Engroba
There will be no jail time for a self-described deliveryman for the South Florida clinic that provided performance-enhancing drugs to MLB players and other athletes. A federal judge in Miami sentenced Christopher Engroba to two years on probation after prosecutors said he has cooperated extensively in the Biogenesis of America investigation.
Engroba admitted in September to delivering testosterone and other substances to then-Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch and others. Bosch has also pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. The scandal resulted in MLB suspensions for 14 players, including a season-long ban imposed on Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Court records show Rodriguez admitted to investigators he used the prohibited substances . . . Tim Brosnan will leave MLB at the end of January after losing to Rob Manfred in the competition to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner.
Nick Cafardo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.