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MLB roundup: Cubs to sign Jackson; Jeter helps distraught family

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The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent pitcher Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million deal, according to multiple reports.

Jackson, 29, went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 189 2/3 innings with the Washington Nationals in 2012, after signing a one-year, $11-million deal with them. The Nationals didn't make a qualifying offer, so they won't receive draft-pick compensation.

The right-hander has played for seven teams, starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2003. He has a 70-71 career record with a 4.40 ERA.

---New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter phoned the mother of Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto, who was killed protecting her first-grade students during last Friday's Newtown tragedy, according to an ESPN.com report.

Donna Soto received a call Wednesday, the same day as the funeral. Carlee Soto, Victoria's sister, tweeted the news.

"Derek Jeter just called my mom!!!!! Thanks Vicki, she needs it thank you @yankees this meant a lot to my mother and all of us," the tweet read.

Soto's cousin, James Wiltsie, told the New York Daily News that Soto was a big Yankees fan.

Victoria Soto died Friday as she tried to deflect bullets from gunmen Adam Lanza. She was 27.

---The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Adam Greenberg to a minor-league contract, according to a MASNsports.com report. Greenberg's major-league career nearly ended seven years agao when he was hit on the head with a pitch in his first plate appearance.

The Marlins signed him in September of last season and gave him an official big-leauge at bat. He struck out against eventual National League Cy Young Award winner and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

---Free-agent infielder Placido Polanco has signed a deal with the Miami Marlins, according to a CBSSports.com report.

The agreement includes incentives. The Miami Herald reported that the sides were close on a one-year, $2.75 million contract. Polanco became a free agent when the Phillies declined their half of the $5.5 million mutual option after the regular season.

The 37-year-old hit 15 doubles and batted .257 in 328 plate appearances in 2012.

---Free-agent lefty Tom Gorzelanny agreed to a two-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report.

The deal is contingent on a physical, which is scheduled for Friday.

Gorzelanny spent 2012 with the Washington Nationals, but was non-tendered by the team instead of offering arbitration.

The 30-year-old could be used as a starter or reliever for the Brewers. He worked out of the bullpen in 2012, but has started in the past. Gorzelanny posted a 2.88 ERA in 72 innings last season, spread out over 45 games.

---The Philadelphia Phillies officially announced the signing of veteran reliever Mike Adams to a two-year, $12 million deal.

The pact includes a third year club/vesting option worth $6.5 million. It vests if he appears in 120 games from 2013-14 with at least 60 appearances in 2014.

---The Twins announced that they've signed right-hander Mike Pelfrey to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Pelfrey, who will turn 29 next month, had Tommy John surgery in early May while with the New York Mets, who non-tendered the him in November.

---The Cincinnati Reds re-signed catcher Corky Miller to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, according to an ESPN.com report. The 36-year-old spent 2012 with the Reds' Triple-A team, batting .235 in 313 plate appearances. He hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2010.
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