Reds release Hermanson, put Milton on disabled list
Mets' Martinez goes on DL
Zambrano extends contract deadline, may be near deal
Padres give Gonzalez 4-year deal worth $9.5M
â€¢ SAN DIEGO - Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez agreed to a $9.5 million, four-year deal on Sunday, a month after the club initially renewed him at just $500 more than the major league minimum for this season.
Gonzalez had a breakout performance in his first full major league season after the Padres acquired him on Jan. 4, 2006. He was selected the club's MVP after leading the NL West champion Padres with a .304 average and 24 homers, and finishing second with 82 RBIs.
The sides began discussing the deal about a week after the Padres renewed Gonzalez for $380,500.
â€¢ CINCINNATI - Right-hander Dustin Hermanson was released Sunday by the Cincinnati Reds, who brought him to spring training hoping he could become their closer.
The Reds also put Eric Milton on the 15-day disabled list because of back spasms, the latest setback for the left-hander who had been projected as the team's No. 3 starter.
The moves left the Reds with 24 players on the active roster, one less than the limit. They plan to add a player before today's season opener against the Cubs.
â€¢ Pedro Martinez, out until the second half of the season following shoulder surgery, went back on the disabled list as the New York Mets got down to the 25-man roster limit before Sunday night's season opener.
Martinez, Juan Padilla (elbow surgery), Duaner Sanchez (broken shoulder) and Dave Williams (neck surgery) all went on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 23.
Elsewhere, the New York Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang and Jeff Karstens, the Oakland Athletics' Esteban Loaiza, and the Cleveland Indians' Matt Miller, Cliff Lee, Joe Inglett and Franklin Gutierrez all went on the DL.
â€¢ CINCINNATI - Pitcher Carlos Zambrano extended his deadline to reach a contract extension with the Chicago Cubs beyond opening day, a sign the sides are nearing agreement.
Zambrano and the Cubs are thought to be discussing a five-year deal worth about $80 million. They agreed in February to a $12.4 million, one-year contract.
Zambrano currently is eligible to become a free agent after the season.
The Cubs open against the Reds today.