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MLB transaction roundup: Yanks sign Marwin Gonzalez

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Sep 18, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Marwin Gonzalez (9) reacts after hitting a line drive for the final out of the inning with men in scoring position against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees agreed to a minor league deal Sunday with veteran utilityman Marwin Gonzalez, multiple outlets reported.

Gonzalez, 33, will earn $1.15 million if he makes the major league roster.

He split last season with the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, batting .199 with five homers and 28 RBIs in 91 games while seeing time defensively at first, second and third base, shortstop and right and left field.

Gonzalez is a career .256 hitter with 101 home runs and 397 RBIs in 1,053 games with the Astros (2012-18, 2021), Minnesota Twins (2019-20) and Red Sox.

–The Twins signed right-handed reliever Joe Smith to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Smith, who turns 38 on Tuesday, appeared in 50 games for the Astros and Seattle Mariners last season, going 4-4 with a 4.99 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings.

He is 54-33 with a 3.09 ERA and 30 saves in 832 games with seven teams since his 2007 debut.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins put right-hander Kenta Maeda (elbow) on the 60-day injured list. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent Sept. 1.

–The Texas Rangers agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with veteran right-hander Garrett Richards, according to multiple reports on Sunday.

The contract also includes a $9 million club option for 2023 with a $1 million buyout.

Richards, 33, went 7-8 with a 4.87 ERA in 40 appearances (22 starts) for the Boston Red Sox in 2021. He is expected to open the season in the bullpen for Texas.

Overall, Richards is 54-49 with a 3.81 ERA in 277 appearances (150 starts) over 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2011-18), San Diego Padres (2019-20) and Red Sox.

–The Mariners signed left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 35-year-old Buchter has a 17-6 record with two saves and a 3.16 ERA in 285 career games with six teams.

He made 18 appearances last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks before being released on Aug. 20, 2021. He was 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA.

–Field Level Media