Free agent pitchers Bruce Hurst and Andy Hawkins found new homes and big money today.
Hurst left the Boston Red Sox and signed with the San Diego Padres, while Hawkins left the Padres for the New York Yankees.Both got three-year contracts, Hurst for a reported $5.25 million and Hawkins for an estimated $3.6 million.
The signings were announced at the site of the winter meetings which ended Wednesday, though the dealing continued.
The Montreal Expos acquired shortstop Spike Owen from the Red Sox today for pitcher John Dopson and infielder Luis Rivera. The Expos also got right-hander Dan Gakeler, a minor league pitcher, in the deal.
Hurst, the last big-name free agent still in the market, agreed to terms with Padres after deciding not re-sign with Boston or go to the California Angels. The Red Sox had offered a three-year deal worth $5.5 million.
Hurst, who turns 31 in March, set a career-high for victories last season, going 18-6 with a 3.66 earned run average. The left-hander is 88-73 in nine major league years.
"Sure we made every effort to sign him," Boston general manager Lou Gorman said. "He actually took less money to go to San Diego."
"His family was a major, major factor," Gorman said. "His mother is ill. She lives in Utah. He wanted to be closer to his family."