The San Diego Padres have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million deal with veteran right-hander Jered Weaver, according to a report from Bob Nightingale of USA TODAY Sports.
Nightingale notes that the two-sides have agreed on a contract that will not include any incentives once it has all been finalized in the days to come ahead.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports later confirmed the news while mentioning the fact that he had the chance to make more, however, that does not appear to be the case anymore. He also mentioned that this transaction could help with the club's rotation in terms of a pitching leader as well as inning eater on a regular basis.
Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that Weaver's deal will include a $250K assignment bonus.
At this time, the deal is pending the completion of a physical examination which will be followed by a club announcement likely on Monday at the Peoria Sports Complex, which the organization shares alongside the Seattle Mariners.
Weaver, 34, has spent the entirety of his major league career, eleven seasons, with the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim after having been drafted by the club in first round (12th overall) of the of the 2004 amateur draft. He later signed in May of 2005 and made his debut in May of 2006.
Weaver joins a team who's starting rotation could most certainly use a fix in not only abilities but experience which Weaver brings, given he is a three-time all star with a career record of 150-93 to go alongside an ERA of 3.55.
Weaver hit the free agent market at the conclusion of the 2016 season after two seasons which brought himself nothing but constant struggles, making for difficult negotiations to stay put where he started after putting together a 19-24 record while combining for two of the worst ERA's of his tenure at the big league stage alongside a dropping velocity.
After news of the agreement broke, Weaver took to Twitter and said, "Want to thank all the Angel fans for your support over the years! Wish we could have brought a trophy to the city of Anaheim! Much love!"
Taking a look back on his 2016 season, Weaver posted an ERA of 5.06 to go alongside a 12-12 record in a total of 178 innings pitched. Over this span, he appeared in a total of 31 games played.
Injuries have been a repetition of sorts for the Northridge, California native who is looking to keep it clean and healthy on a fresh slate when the 2017 season rolls around at the beginning of April, with thanks to his agent Scott Boras for landing him a deal to be part of another opening day.
As spring training officially gets going this coming week, Weaver will join veterans such as Clayton Richard, Jhoulys Chacin and Trevor Cahill as well as Jarred Cosart and Luis Perdomo, making for a completely different style of pitching following the losses of James Shields and their former ace, Andrew Cashner at the trade deadline back in August.