Second baseman Aaron Hill and the Arizona Diamondbacks reached agreement on a three-year, $35 million contract extension Friday.
Hill is scheduled to make $5.5 million this year under his current deal, bringing the overall value of the extension to $40.5 million over four years.
Hill, 30, is coming off an impressive 2012 season when he batted a career-best .302 with 26 home runs, 44 doubles and 85 RBI. He also hit for the cycle twice, won a Silver Slugger award, stole 14 bases in 156 games and played solid defense.
---Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is skipping the World Baseball Classic, mainly because of his pending $175 million contract, CBS Sports reported.
The seven-year extension for Hernandez is not official yet but the right-hander has reportedly decided to forego the WBC. The Mariners likely prefer that he not add any risks to his right arm by playing in the exhibition.
Hernandez is listed on Venezuela's provisional roster.
---Left-hander Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized their agreement on a two-year, $12.75 million deal.
The two sides had struck a deal in December, but it was put on hold after Liriano, 29, broke his right arm, reportedly during a fall in a bathroom. He passed a physical this week to make the agreement official, according to Fox Sports.
---The St. Louis Cardinals and third baseman David Freese agreed to a one-year contract worth more than $3.075 million, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday.
The two sides avoided arbitration in coming to terms on the deal. The 2011 World Series MVP had asked for $3.75 million and the team offered $2.4 million. The gap was among the widest, percentage-wise, of arbitration-eligible players this winter. His asking price was the most for a first-year eligible position player.
Freese played more than 100 games for the first time in his career. He batted .293 with 20 home runs and 79 RBI.
All of the team's arbitration-eligible players are signed.
---The Los Angeles Dodgers signed relief pitcher Mark Lowe to a one-year contract, ESPN.com reported.
Lowe received a minor-league contract worth $1.5 million plus an additional $600,000 in incentives for Lowe making the Dodgers' roster.
The 29-year-old right-hander pitched in 36 games last season for the Texas Rangers and went 0-2 with a 3.43 ERA.
---Major League Baseball responded to comments from former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling this week that he was encouraged by the Red Sox organization to take performance-enhancing drugs in 2008, saying it investigated the allegations and the matter is closed.
"At the time of the incident in question in 2008, the Boston Red Sox immediately reported the allegations to Major League Baseball as required by our investigative protocols," MLB said in a statement. "Once the Red Sox reported the matter, Major League Baseball assumed sole responsibility for the investigation. The club handled the matter consistent with all MLB rules and requirements and in a manner that was above reproach.
"Major League Baseball thoroughly investigated the allegations and considers the matter closed."
---New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner acknowledged his concern over third baseman Alex Rodriguez's name surfacing in connection with a Florida clinic linked to performance-enhancing drugs.
"It's out of our hands," Steinbrenner said outside the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa. Fla. "We'll cooperate with MLB in any way we can, any way we're asked to. But, other than that, there's not much to say. I know as much as you do."
---The agent for free agent closer Brian Wilson said his client has asked him to not discuss dollar figures with teams until he is fully healthy, CSN Bay Area reported.
Wilson agent, Dan Lozano, is "baffled" that San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean said publicly that Wilson is asking for guaranteed money but the Giants are only willing to offer an incentive-laden deal for him to return to the team.
"(Wilson) has instructed us not to talk terms or money until he's 100 percent," Lozano said. "We haven't talked terms or money with the Giants or any other team. So I'm a little baffled by Brian Sabean's comment that we're out there looking for more money."
Sabean did not change his stance when asked about Lozano's comments.
Wilson missed most of last season after having Tommy John surgery. It is not clear when he will be healthy enough to pitch again.
---Third baseman Chone Figgins signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins that includes an invite to the team's major-league camp next week.
Figgins, 35, hit .181 in 66 games for Seattle last season and .185 the past two years, well below his .277 career average. He was released after the 2012 season by the Mariners with one year left on a four-year $36 million contract.
---The Arizona Diamondbacks signed catcher Rod Barajas to a minor-league deal that is worth $800,000 if he makes the big-league club, the Arizona Daily Republic announced.
Barajas reportedly turned down a similar offer from the Diamondbacks two month ago.
Last year, Barajas played in 104 games with 321 at-bats for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted .206 with 11 home runs and 31 RBI.