February 13, 2012
MLB notes: Ortiz avoids arbitration
By QMI Agency
The Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz agreed on a one-year contract Monday, just a few hours before they were to go to an arbitration hearing.
Ortiz will make $14.575 million, a raise of about $2 million from last year when the designated hitter batted .309 with 29 homers and 96 RBI. Ortiz had been seeking $16.5 million in arbitration.
The 36-year-old has 378 homers in 15 major-league seasons.
CABRERA GETS SLIMMER
The Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has lost 25 pounds as he works out in anticipation of a move back to third base this year.
Cabrera, who has spent most of the past four seasons at first base, has been working with a trainer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The six-foot-four slugger weighed 240 pounds last season.
A third baseman earlier in his career, Cabrera is changing positions to make room for newcomer Prince Fielder at first base.
Cabrera hit .344 last season with 30 homers and 105 RBI.
CANSECO TO PLAY IN MEXICO
Intent on resurrecting his career, Jose Canseco, 47, was scheduled to report to the first day of training camp Monday with the Quintana Roo Tigers of the Mexican league.
The former slugger said his stint last summer as player/manager of the Yuma Scorpions of the independent Golden League rekindled his love for the game.
Canseco hit only .256 for Yuma with eight homers in 199 at-bats but said in a statement that it made him realize he could "still hit at the major-league level."
INDIANS EYE GARLAND
The Indians have agreed to a minor-league contract with veteran pitcher Jon Garland, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The 32-year-old right-hander will be invited to spring training provided he passes a physical.
Garland made just nine starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season because of injuries and is coming off rotator cuff surgery. He had a 1-5 record with a 4.33 ERA before having surgery July 11.
The Indians need help in the rotation given the uncertain status of the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Carmona, whose real name is Roberto Hernandez Heredia, is dealing with legal issues in the Dominican Republic after being arrested for double identity.