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NEW YORK (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine.

The 33-year-old was an All-Star for the first time this year when he hit .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs.

''I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,'' Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association. ''I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.''

Ruiz will be eligible to participate in spring training, including exhibition games.



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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs and former Texas Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman have agreed to a one-year contract, the team said Tuesday.

Feldman is guaranteed $6 million next season and can earn another $1 million in incentives.

The 29-year-old right-hander was 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA over eight years with the Rangers, going 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA in 29 appearances (21 starts) last season.

A reliever early in his career, he has made 20 or more starts in four of the last five seasons, and general manager Jed Hoyer made it clear the Cubs see him as part of the rotation.

''We signed Scott as a starter,'' Hoyer said. ''I know he's bounced around a little bit with the Rangers, but in large part, that was due just to the amount of starting pitchers they had and their depth. We clearly see him as a starter, and we're excited to add him to the rotation.''



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The Red Sox made 3 ( extremely ) minor moves today:



- Boston traded RHP Zach Stewart ( acquired last season in the Kevin Youkilis deal ) to Pittsburgh for a PTBNL.

- Boston traded 3B Danny Valencia to Baltimore for cash.

- Boston traded RHP Sandy Rosario to Oakland for a PTBNL or cash.

All 3 players were recently Designated For Assignment by Boston to clear up room on the 40 man roster.



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The New York Yankees and left-hander Andy Pettitte have finalized a contract for next season for $12 million, plus awards bonuses, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney Wednesday.



The contract is a substantial raise from the $2.5 million Pettitte earned this past season.



Pettitte, 40, made 12 starts for the Yankees after rejoining the team midseason and was 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have traded right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico.

Mazzaro was 4-3 with a 5.73 ERA for the Royals while filling in as a spot starter because of injuries last season. Robinson struck out twice in his first four major league at-bats. Both were designated for assignment on Nov. 20.

The 21-year-old Santos pitched for both Dominican Pirates clubs last season, combining for a 6-3 record and a 2.44 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts. In 62 2-3 innings, he allowed 42 hits, walked 20 and struck out 74 while holding opponents to a .184 average.

Rico, who turns 19 on Thursday, was 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 11 games for the Dominican Pirates last season.



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The Braves have reportedly signed Free Agent OF B.J. Upton to a 5 year deal for $ 75 million. Upton still needs to pass a physical so the deal will not be official until at least Thursday.



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CanadianHorseman wrote:
The Red Sox made 3 ( extremely ) minor moves today:



- Boston traded RHP Zach Stewart ( acquired last season in the Kevin Youkilis deal ) to Pittsburgh for a PTBNL.

- Boston traded 3B Danny Valencia to Baltimore for cash.

- Boston traded RHP Sandy Rosario to Oakland for a PTBNL or cash.

All 3 players were recently Designated For Assignment by Boston to clear up room on the 40 man roster.


Cup = Theirs



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
Cup = Theirs

Ah yes - all Red Sox fans dream of winning another World Series Cup. ;)



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CanadianHorseman wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
Cup = Theirs

Ah yes - all Red Sox fans dream of winning another World Series Cup. ;)


You know, since the NHL wont be needing the Stanley Cup this year, maybe MLB can use it to present to the World Series Champions next year

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ryan Madson agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Angels, who believe the right-handed reliever will make a strong comeback from Tommy John surgery.

The longtime Philadelphia reliever missed all of last season with the Cincinnati Reds, who signed him in January after a stellar performance in 2011 with the Phillies. He underwent surgery in April on a torn ligament in his right elbow.



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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract on Wednesday, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer and a chance to reconfigure their starting rotation.



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The Nationals have announced that they've acquired outfielder Denard Span from the Twins in exchange for minor-league right-hander Alex Meyer.

The lefty-swinging Span, age 28, is coming off a season in which he put up an OPS of .738 and tallied 38 doubles and 17 steals. He also profiles as an outstanding defensive center fielder. Span will earn $4.75 million next season and $6.5 million in 2014. His contract also calls for a $9-millon salary or $500,000 buyout for 2015.

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Pittsburgh signs C Russell Martin:



from tsn.ca:

The New York Yankees were in no hurry to re-sign catcher Russell Martin. The Pittsburgh Pirates swept in when they had the chance.

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Pirates have agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract with the three-time All-Star, hoping he can give them some pop at the plate and respectable defence behind it.

The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been announced.

The agreement was first reported by Fox Sports.

"I want to thank the (at)yankees organization and fans for treating me with class and respect... I will truly miss the city and people of NY," Martin posted on his Twitter account late Thursday.

The 29-year-old Martin hit .211 with 21 homers and 53 RBIs in 133 games last year with the Yankees, who had been concentrating on bringing back some of their free-agent pitchers so far this winter. Martin's batting average has declined in each of the last five seasons after he hit .293 and made his first All-Star game while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007.

The signing reunites Martin with right-hander A.J. Burnett. The two played together with the Yankees in 2011 before Burnett was traded to Pittsburgh last spring.

The Pirates were in need of an experienced backstop after declining the club option on Rod Barajas, who struggled in his one season in black-and-gold. Barajas hit .206 with 11 homers in 104 games and struggled defensively, throwing out just 6 per cent (6 of 99) potential base stealers.

Backup Mike McKenry fared better but neither have Martin's resume. Martin threw out 25 per cent (20 of 83) base stealers last season and committed just six errors in 128 games at catcher, the same total Barajas had in 24 fewer appearances.

The signing is the latest dip into deeper pockets by Pittsburgh, who went 79-83 in 2012, tied for the franchise's best record in the last 20 years. The season was marred by a late fade in which the Pirates fell from playoff contention but the team opted to not make any major changes to the front office and instead focus on upgrading several spots, with catcher being among the top priorities.



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Yankees sign P Mariano Rivera:


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Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees agreed Thursday to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. The person said the deal includes additional bonus opportunities, as did the team's agreement with Andy Pettitte earlier in the week.

After missing most of the season because of a knee injury, Rivera accepted a cut in guaranteed money from his $30 million, two-year deal that had covered the last two years.

Rivera, who turned 43 on Thursday, was limited to nine games this year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking down a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3. He is baseball's career leader with 608 saves.

With deals for Pettitte, Rivera and Hiroki Kuroda in place, the Yankees will turn their attention to position players. Steady catcher Russell Martin departed Thursday, agreeing to a $17 million, two-year contract with Pittsburgh, a person familiar with those talks said.



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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/29/pirates-agree-to-sign-catcher-russell-martin/

Pirates and Russell Martin agree to two-year, $17 million contract
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Nov 29, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

UPDATE: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Yankees never made Martin an offer. In fact, they haven’t made an offer to any position players so far this offseason.

8:44 PM: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Martin agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates. You could understand if the Yankees balked at a three-year deal at $8.5 million AAV, but it’s surprising that they weren’t willing to match the Pirates for two years.

8:29 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates have reached an agreement with catcher Russell Martin, pending a physical. No word yet on the exact terms, but there was a report earlier this week that they could be willing to give him a three-year deal.

The Yankees were said to be reluctant to go beyond two years for Martin, who batted .211/.311/.403 with 21 homers, 53 RBI and a .713 OPS this past season. The Mariners and Rangers were also mentioned as potential suitors, but it appears the Pirates had the best offer on the table.

Pirates’ catchers combined to hit .218/.300/.392 with 23 home runs and a .692 OPS this past season, most of that from Rod Barajas and Michael McKenry. With his pop and patience, Martin should be able to equal or exceed that level of production. He also figures to be a nice upgrade from a group who threw out a major-league worst eight percent of attempted basestealers in 2012. Martin checked in at 24 percent, which was just around the league average. He also has the reputation as a solid receiver.

If the season started today, the Yankees would have to rely on a combination of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart behind the plate. Of course, it’s very unlikely they’ll end up going that route. The Yankees haven’t been involved for Mike Napoli, but A.J. Pierzynski has been mentioned as a possible fallback to Martin.



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