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By The Sports Xchange December 28, 2012 6:50 PM
The Milwaukee Brewers and free-agent left-hander Mike Gonzalez have reached agreement on a one-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Friday. The contract calls for Gonzalez to earn $2.25 million, plus incentives, according to ESPN.com. Gonzalez still must pass his physical, and because league offices are closed for the New Year's Day weekend, the deal probably will not become official until next week. The Brewers will have to clear a spot before officially announcing his signing. Gonzalez was 0-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 47 appearances for Washington in 2012. ---Pitcher Takashi Saito, who spent the past seven seasons in the Major Leagues, has signed a one-year contract to play in Japan for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, according to multiple media outlets. Rakuten has also recently signed former Major Leaguers Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee. Saito, who turns 43 in February, was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks this past season. ---Fox Sports has secured the rights to broadcast Cleveland Indians games after reaching an agreement to acquire regional television network SportsTime Ohio. Fox Sports Media Group announced Friday that it has a long-term deal with the Indians to air games starting next season. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Fox Sports acquired SportsTime Ohio for an estimated $230 million and will pay the Indians $400 million over 10 years for the broadcast rights. ---Hideki Matsui announced his retirement from baseball on Thursday. Matsui, 38, held a news conference in New York to officially announce his retirement, which had been reported earlier in the week. He played professionally for 20 years, becoming a dominant player in Japan before spending seven seasons with the Yankees. Matsui also played with the Angels (2010), Athletics (2011) and Rays (2012).