Red Sox DH David Ortiz called star second baseman Robinson Cano's signing with the Mariners "great news for us" and a blow to the AL East rival Yankees.
Ortiz told WEEI radio in Boston that New York lost "the face" of the team when it failed to re-sign the free agent, who agreed to a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners. ESPN reported that Cano, 31, will return to Seattle today before taking a physical Monday.
"This guy hurt us," Ortiz told the station. "He is the guy that, you're never going to forget about him because he puts up some monster numbers. He puts up some monster numbers. Now let's see how everything goes with him on the West Coast."
Ortiz, this year's World Series MVP, said he was surprised that the Yankees didn't retain their All-Star and best player, though not by the size of Cano's contract.
"That's what the players are getting; young, talented players with the skills that he has, that's what they're getting," Ortiz said. "I couldn't believe the Yankees let that walk away. He's the face, as long as he played for the Yankees, he was the face of that ballclub. He was backing up everybody."
The Yankees, meanwhile, officially announced the completion of a seven-year deal with free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and a one-year contract for returning starter Hiroki Kuroda.
Ellsbury, 30, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, agreed to a $153 million deal with New York on Tuesday. The Yankees will hold an introductory news conference for Ellsbury on Friday.
Kuroda, 38, agreed Friday to a one-year deal, worth $16 million, to come back and fill one of three holes in the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.
A'S STADIUM: Commissioner Bud Selig told the Athletics six months ago that they would not be allowed to move to San Jose, Calif., attorneys for Major League Baseball said in a court filing Friday. MLB attorneys wrote that Selig "was not satisfied with the club's relocation proposal," and the rejection was "his final decision." Selig did not say that the A's could not move at all, according to the Los Angeles Times.
ASTROS: Right-handed reliever Chad Qualls, 35, agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with his original team. The deal includes a $3.5 million club option for 2016 for the former Ray.
DODGERS: Free agent reliever Brian Wilson, 31, signed a $10 million, one-year deal to stay with the team. The deal includes an $8.5 million player option for 2015.
ORIOLES: Free agent outfielder Francisco Peguero, 25, signed a one-year contract.