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MLB roundup: Hudson reportedly agrees to join Giants

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The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

According to previous reports, the two sides had been close to agreement on a two-year, $23 million contract.

ESPN.com reported the deal is close to being completed but is not yet finalized.

Hudson, 38, was 8-7 with a 3.97 for the Atlanta Braves this past season. He will make the Giants' strong pitching staff even stronger if he is completely recovered from a severe ankle injury that required surgery and forced him to miss the final two months of the 2013 season.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that Hudson is nearing the end of the rehab process and could begin throwing later this month.

Hudson suffered a broken ankle and ligament damage when Eric Young stepped on his foot on a play at first base.

Hudson probably would join Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum in the Giants rotation.

--- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez arrived at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York on Monday morning as appeal hearings of his 211-game suspension resumed.

After MLB presented its case last month, it is Rodriguez's turn to provide his defense.

---The Yankees and free agent second baseman Robinson Cano are about $150 million apart in contract negotiations, CBS Sports reported.

Cano is reportedly asking for $310 million over 10 years while the Yankees are offering about $160 million over seven years.

Rap mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation represents Cano with Brodie Van Wagenen as the primary agent. Jay-Z is also reportedly heavily involved in the process.

---Catcher Carlos Ruiz drew heavy interest in free agency but opted to return to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ruiz and the Phillies agreed to three-year, $26 million contract with a team option for the fourth season. Ruiz will receive a buyout payment of $500,000 if the Phillies decline the option. Ruiz turns 35 in January.
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