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Padres, closer Heath Bell agree to $7.5-million deal

Prince Fielder and the Brewers avoid arbitration by agreeing on $15.5-million, one-year contract.

January 19, 2011|Staff and wire reports

San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell has agreed to a $7.5-million, one-year contract and four other San Diego players also received deals Tuesday that avoided arbitration.

Outfielder Ryan Ludwick will earn $6,775,000, right-handed reliever Mike Adams received a deal for $2,535,000, third baseman Chase Headley gets $2,325,000 and pitcher Tim Stauffer gets $1,075,000.

The 33-year-old Bell went 6-1 with a 1.93 ERA and a career-best 47 saves last season, earning his second straight All-Star selection.

Prince Fielder and the Milwaukee Brewers started off what's likely to be their final year together with a record.

Fielder and the club avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $15.5-million, one-year contract. The deal is the highest-single season contract for an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing Mark Teixeira's $12.5-million agreement with Atlanta in 2008.

The club's prospects to keep Fielder in Milwaukee past the upcoming season are slim. Fielder is represented by agent Scott Boras and can become a free agent after the World Series.

The Detroit Tigers appear ready to part ways with Armando Galarraga, the right-hander who missed a perfect game last season when an umpire's wrong call cost him what would have been the final out.

In an odd procedural move, the Tigers designated Galarraga for assignment Tuesday, almost immediately after agreeing to a $2.3-million, one-year contract with him. Detroit also finalized its one-year deal with Brad Penny, bumping Galarraga from the starting rotation.

Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers will now try to trade Galarraga.

Detroit has 10 days to make a move with Galarraga. If he isn't traded, he could be sent to the minors.

Galarraga went 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA last year. By agreeing to a deal with the 29-year-old pitcher, the Tigers avoided salary arbitration.

The New York Yankees have agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain and left-hander Boone Logan to avoid arbitration.

Two people familiar with the deals say the Boston Red Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with closer Jonathan Papelbon and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

The base salaries are $12 million for Papelbon and $2.4 million for Ellsbury, according to the two people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deals had not been announced.

San Francisco outfielder star Cody Ross, a postseason star for the Giants, agreed to terms on a $6.3-million, one-year contract.

Ross earned $4.45 million last season, when he joined the Giants on a waiver claim from Florida on Aug. 22.

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for shortstop J.J. Hardy, outfielders Adam Jones and Felix Pie, and right-handed reliever Jim Johnson.

AL MVP Josh Hamilton has asked the Texas Rangers for $12 million in salary arbitration and major league home run champion Jose Bautista submitted a $10.5-million figure to Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rangers offered Hamilton $8.7 million Tuesday and the Blue Jays proposed $7.6 million to Bautista when teams and players swapped figures.

Left-hander C.J. Wilson and outfielder Nelson Cruz agreed to one-year contracts with the Texas Rangers, getting significant raises while avoiding salary arbitration.

Right-hander Matt Garza, who could be the Chicago Cubs' opening-day pitcher after being acquired in a trade from Tampa Bay last week, agreed to a $5.95-million, one-year contract.

Garza made $3.35 million last season, when he was 15-10 for the Rays.

The Cubs also agreed to a two-year deal with left-handed reliever Sean Marshall and a one-year deal for left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, who will be traded to the Washington Nationals. Both were arbitration eligible.

Gil Meche, whose $55-million, five-year contract as a free agent in 2007 signaled a sharp change in fiscal policy for the Kansas City Royals, announced he is retiring.

In a statement released through the Royals, the right-hander, who was plagued by shoulder problems last year, said he preferred retirement to spending the final year of his contract in the bullpen.

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