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Twins sign UT Gonzalez for 2 years, $21M

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Versatile Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.

Gonzalez would receive $12 million this year and $9 million in 2020 under the contract.


Yankees, Machado never talked dollars

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Yankees never talked dollars with Manny Machado when he visited New York with agent Dan Lozano in December.

"The free agency process leads people to where they belong, and Manny belongs in San Diego at this time of his career," Cashman said Friday, a day after the Padres and Machado finalized a $300 million, 10-year deal. "We had some interest in him. That's why we spent some time engaging Dan Lozano during the process. We certainly had a good meet and greet. I really the enjoyed the company of Manny and his wife."


Padres not ruling out more big signings

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Manny Machado pulled on a dark blue San Diego hat and slipped a crisp No. 13 Padres jersey over his broad shoulders.

"It's finally over," Machado said with a grin.


Reds' Gray scratched from spring debut

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Sonny Gray has stiffness in his right elbow and was scratched from his scheduled start in the Cincinnati Reds' spring training opener against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Gray experienced stiffness after a bullpen session on Monday. The Reds said he is not being sent for an MRI.


White Sox, RHP Santana agree to terms

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The Chicago White Sox have added another option to their competition for an opening in their rotation, agreeing to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on Friday.

A person familiar with the situation confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is pending a successful physical. If added to the 40-man roster, Santana would get a one-year contract paying $4.3 million while in the major leagues.


Openers underway in Florida, Arizona

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45.

Baseball is back.


Rizzo: Cubs need to be better in 2019

MESA, Ariz. (AP) For Anthony Rizzo, spring training sure has a different feel this year.

The three-time All-Star showed up cracking jokes and slinging one-liners as he set out to help the Chicago Cubs bounce back from a disappointing finish last season.


Clark: Concern high despite Machado deal

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Players' union head Tony Clark says Adam Wainwright's comments about a possible strike were in line with widespread concern he hears from his members about a free-agent market they claim has become dysfunctional.

Starting his tour of spring training camps, Clark said he isn't drawing conclusions about the market based on Manny Machado's $300 million, 10-year contract with the San Diego Padres, the second-highest contract in baseball history. Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are among dozens of free agents still looking for a deal.


Arenado not afraid of entering FA market

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The sluggish free-agent market the last two years has not scared Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, who could be among the most prized players after this season.

"I'm not afraid of it at all," Arenado said. "It doesn't have an effect on me. I think free agency is something you earn. You've been in the big leagues this long, you get there and you earn it. I don't know how it is going to work out, I can't speak on that. But you definitely earn it."