Free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and the New York Mets agreed to a two-year, $18.5 million contract, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press.

Cabrera would be the second middle infielder added by the Mets at the winter meetings after they acquired second baseman Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates for lefthander Jon Niese.

The deal also includes an option for 2018.

"We're trying to build a team with a lot of flexibility, versatility and depth. That's what we're doing," assistant general manager John Ricco said.

A 30-year-old switch hitter and two-time All-Star, Cabrera batted .265 with 15 homers and 58 RBI for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. Cabrera finished at the bottom in several defensive metrics for shortstops, according to

Sipp remains with Astros

•Lefthanded reliever Tony Sipp agreed to an $18 million, three-year contract to remain with the Houston Astros. Sipp, 32, had a career-best 1.99 ERA in 60 games last season.

•The Philadelphia Phillies made Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tyler Goeddel the first selection in the Rule 5 draft, for veteran minor leaguers left off their teams' 40-man roster.

•Reliever Jonathan Broxton is staying with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreeing to a $7.5 million, two-year contract. Broxton went 3-3 with a 2.66 ERA for St. Louis after he was acquired from Milwaukee last August.

•First baseman Mark Reynolds and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a $2.6 million, one-year contract. Reynolds hit .230 with 13 homers and 48 RBI last season for the Cardinals.

•Atlanta dealt away Christian Bethancourt, once hyped as the catcher of the future, for righthanded pitcher Casey Kelly and minor league catcher Ricardo Rodriguez. Bethancourt began the 2015 season as the No. 1 catcher but batted .200 and was demoted.


Revis expects to play Sunday

Darrelle Revis is ready to shut down wide receivers again.

The New York Jets cornerback returned to practice Thursday for the first time since suffering a concussion Nov. 22. He isn't officially cleared to play Sunday against Tennessee, but he expects to.

"I practiced," Revis said, "so I'll be ready for Sunday."

Gronkowski returns to practice

Rob Gronkowski was back on the practice field, 11 days after suffering a knee injury. There was no indication whether Gronkowski would play Sunday night at Houston.

•Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden is expected to recovery fully from open-heart surgery performed in San Francisco.

•The effort to keep the NFL in St. Louis cleared a hurdle when a committee approved a financing plan for a $1 billion stadium.

•Houston defensive end J.J. Watt broke his left hand in practice Wednesday but said he'll play Sunday and doesn't expect to be hampered.

•The Oakland Raiders agreed to a four-year contract extension with receiver Michael Crabtree. NFL Network said it is worth $35 million, with almost $19 million guaranteed.


Figure skating: Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan broke his own points record for a men's short program and took the lead at the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona, Spain. Hanyu earned 110.95 points, surpassing the record of 106.33 he set last month.

Track and field: French prosecutors are investigating whether corruption was committed when the 2021 world championships were awarded to Eugene, Ore. Eugene was selected in April in an unexpected decision that did not involve the standard bidding process.

Soccer: Arnold Peralta, a member of the Honduran national team who had played in the Olympics and World Cup, was shot to death in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. No motive was known.