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MLB roundup: Jackson officially joins Cubs

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The Chicago Cubs finalized a four-year, $52 million contract with right-handed starter Edwin Jackson and introduced him at a Wrigley Field press conference.

Jackson, 29, went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 189 2/3 innings with the Nationals in 2012 after signing a one-year, $11 million deal last winter. 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.

--After a two-week separation, Russ Canzler is back with the Cleveland Indians. The infielder/outfielder was claimed off waivers by the Indians from the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. He appeared in 26 games for Cleveland in 2012, then was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Dec. 21 after the Indians designated him for assignment to open a roster spot for newly signed infield Mark Reynolds.

Canzler figures to battle for a reserve role in spring training.

The Indians opened a spot for Canzler's return by designating right-hander Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. Gomez, 24, went 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) last year.

---Outfielder/first baseman Andrew Brown signed a minor-league contract with that New York Mets that includes an invitation to spring training.

Brown, 28, hit .232 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 46 games for the Colorado Rockies last season. In 11 games with St. Louis in 2011, Brown batted .182.

The right-handed-hitter's career numbers in triple-A include a .296 average and 44 homers in 207 games.

--The wife of former major league outfielder Andruw Jones filed for divorce Monday in a suburban Atlanta court. Nicole Jones said in the complaint that their 10-year marriage was irretrievably broken.

The divorce papers do not mention Andruw Jones' arrest on a battery charge at their home on Christmas morning after he allegedly dragged his wife down a staircase when she asked for help to assemble a gift, grabbed her by the neck and threatened to kill her. Gwinnett County Police found signs of injuries to her neck when he entered the home.
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