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Twins give 1B Morrison 1 year, $6.5M

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent slugger Logan Morrison and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity on Sunday, because the deal was subject to a physical exam and not yet finalized by the team. The Twins have an option for 2019 that can also automatically vest and make it a two-year contract. Morrison had a career-high 38 home runs and 85 RBIs for the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

Morrison has also played the corner outfield spots. With Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler in left field and right field and Joe Mauer at first base, he's on track to be the primary designated hitter for a team that earned an AL wild-card spot last season.


A-Rod still with Yanks in advisory role

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Five years after claiming the Yankees were trying to run him out of baseball, Alex Rodriguez is remaining with New York as a revered elder statesman.

New York said Sunday that A-Rod will be a special adviser.


Phillies INF Middlebrooks breaks leg

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks broke his leg during a collision with teammate Andrew Pullin during a spring training game.

Phillies manager Gave Kapler said Sunday that Middlebrooks broke his left fibula. Kapler said additional tests were needed to determine whether Middlebrooks also had ankle damage.


Phillies to start Nola on opening day

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Gabe Kapler figured why wait? Aaron Nola will be his first opening-day starter as Philadelphia Phillies manager.

"Barring anything crazy happening, he's our guy. He is the man," Kapler said after Nola pitched two innings in his spring-training debut Sunday, an 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees.


Kershaw sharp; Seager brothers face off

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Clayton Kershaw's spring debut was quick and efficient.

The Los Angeles Dodgers ace retired the Seattle Mariners' first three hitters on 11 pitches on Sunday. He then headed to the bullpen and threw another 15 or so pitches in a simulated inning.


Friends gather to celebrate Towers' life

SAN DIEGO (AP) Theo Epstein remembered when he first met Kevin Towers, as a 21-year-old intern working in the San Diego Padres public relations department. Towers was the new general manager.

"I was just out of college," said Epstein, the Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations. "I was just a nobody, a faceless kid trying to be invisible and not get in the way. But there was never such a thing as a nobody to Kevin Towers - he just wasn't wired that way.


Nats' Scherzer feels good after debut

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Max Scherzer joked about the home run he surrendered - a sure sign that while baseball is back on the diamond, it's still early in spring training.

Dansby Swanson sent a fastball from Scherzer over the left field wall, keeping it inside the foul pole for the lone blemish against the Washington ace in a 9-3 win over Atlanta on Sunday.


Indians sign RHP Belisle to minors deal

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Free agent reliever Matt Belisle has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and would get a $1.5 million, one-year deal if added to the 40-man big league roster.

The 37-year-old right-hander would be able to earn an additional $1.75 million in performance bonuses based on games as part of the agreement announced Sunday: $100,000 for 20, $150,000 for 25 and each additional five through 55, and $200,000 apiece for 60, 65 and 70.


Callaway undaunted by Mets' injuries

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New Mets manager Mickey Callaway says his team took precautionary steps before this current rash of bumps and bruises cropped up.

Starting right fielder Jay Bruce is day-to-day with a bout of plantar fasciitis, though he may be back in the lineup at designated hitter on Tuesday. Center fielder Juan Lagares, who will likely share time with left-handed Brandon Nimmo, has been held out with a minor left hamstring strain.

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