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Cueto rejects $120M offer from Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) Johnny Cueto has rejected a six-year, $120 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

Arizona wants a front-line starter and would have made the right-hander by far the highest-paid player in the organization.

The Diamondbacks met with Cueto and his representative last week, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the offer had not been made public.


Bonds, Marlins discuss hitting coach

MIAMI (AP) Barry Bonds might soon be tutoring Giancarlo Stanton, slugger to slugger.

Bonds is talking with the Miami Marlins about working for them as a hitting coach, a person familiar with the discussions said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the discussions haven't been confirmed publicly.


Zimmermann, Tigers finalize 5-year deal

DETROIT (AP) Jordan Zimmermann's arrival in Detroit is encouraging news for Tigers fans because of what he can bring to the starting rotation - and what his contract signals about the team's willingness to spend.

Zimmermann was introduced Monday after finalizing a $110 million, five-year contract with the Tigers. He was flanked at the news conference by general manager Al Avila and owner Mike Ilitch, the latter making a rare appearance in front of reporters during a turbulent year for his baseball team.


C Pena inks 2-year contract with Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina.

The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives $2.5 million in each of the next two seasons.


Marc Anthony becomes agent, inks Chapman

MIAMI (AP) Another entertainer is joining Jay-Z in the sports agent business - singer Marc Anthony.

Anthony founded Magnus Media this year. The company said Monday it is forming a joint venture that will represent Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.


Braves bring back reliever Johnson

ATLANTA (AP) Reliever Jim Johnson is returning to the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

The Braves announced the deal Monday, bolstering a bullpen that didn't have anyone with double-figure saves last season.


Royals, reliever Collins agree on 1 year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Relief pitcher Tim Collins and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,475,000.

Collins had Tommy John surgery on March 11 and missed Kansas City's run to a World Series championship last season. The 5-foot-7 lefty has spent his entire major league career with the Royals, going 12-17 with a 3.54 ERA in 228 appearances over four seasons. He has 220 strikeouts and 121 walks in 211 innings.


Braves RHP Norris can earn $2.75M bonus

ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Bud Norris can earn $2.75 million in bonuses based on starts in addition to his $2.5 million salary with the Atlanta Braves.

Norris can earn $250,000 for eight starts and $500,000 apiece for 12, 15, 20, 24 and 28. He also can earn $250,000 each for 40, 50 and 60 relief appearances


Royals' full Series shares worth $370K

NEW YORK (AP) A full postseason share for the World Series champion Kansas City Royals was worth $370,069, just under the record $388,606 set by the San Francisco Giants last year.

The New York Mets set a record for a World Series loser at totaled $300,758, the commissioner's office said Monday.


Happ's deal with Jays is back-loaded

TORONTO (AP) J.A. Happ's deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is slightly back-loaded.

The left-hander will receive $10 million next season as part of the $36 million, three-year contract agreed to Friday. He will get $13 million in each of the final two seasons.

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