The health of shortstop Derek Jeter and closer Mariano Rivera may be their top concerns, but they are also close to acquiring outfielder Vernon Wells. The Yankees expect to begin the season with Jeter on the disabled list. General manager Brian Cashman said that he hopes Jeter will be able to return by April 6 against Detroit, the fifth game of the season. Cashman wants Jeter to be healthy enough to play shortstop full time. Jeter has experienced stiffness in his ankle. Rivera pitched one inning Sunday, two days after undergoing tests to determine the cause of recent headaches. On Friday, baseball's all-time saves leader had a CAT scan and blood tests after complaining about headaches for about two weeks. Finally, the Yankees are close to making a deal with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire Wells, according to multiple reports. There were strong indications that the Angels would pay a majority of Wells' $42 million salary the next two seasons.
--Cincinnati Reds third base coach Mark Berry announced to the team that he has cancer on his tonsil and two lymph nodes. Berry, 50, said doctors told him the cancer has not spread. He will remain with the team in Arizona in spring training before undergoing more tests in Cincinnati. He hopes to stay with the team during treatment when the regular season begins. --The San Diego Padres gave right-hander Freddy Garcia his release. Garcia signed a minor league contract in January with the intention that he would compete for a spot on the Padres' rotation. However, the 36-year-old veteran was disappointing in spring training, posting a 8.71 ERA in 20 2/3 innings in Cactus League games. --Veteran pitcher Jon Garland signed a major league contract with the Colorado Rockies, multiple media outlets reported. The deal includes a $500,000 base salary and more than $2 million worth of performance-based bonuses. Garland, 33, has not pitched in the majors since undergoing right shoulder surgery in July 2011. He exercised an out clause in his minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners on Friday. --Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Baker was diagnosed with a muscle strain in the right elbow, the Chicago Tribune reported. It's the same elbow that was repaired with Tommy John surgery. Baker hopes to ready to return by late July. --Shortstop Ronny Cedeno, who was released by the St. Louis Cardinals last week, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros. The Astros told Tyler Greene, who had been battling for the shortstop job, that he no longer was in the team's plans and that they would try to trade him, according mlb.com --The Los Angeles Dodgers released right-hander Mark Lowe. The reliever allowed five runs (including four earned runs) in 8 2/3 innings this spring. --The Philadelphia Phillies released Yuniesky Betancourt, even though he hit .447 (21-for-47) with 14 RBI in 18 games this spring. --The Mariners signed veteran outfielder Endy Chavez. He was released by the Royals on Friday. --New York Mets prospect Matt den Dekker broke his right wrist during a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers.
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