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MLB Roundup: Pedroia, Parra win defensive awards

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Adding to the Gold Glove Awards they captured last week, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra were selected the Wilson Defensive Players of the Year, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Pedroia won the American League honor and Parra was the National League recipient.

Pedroia, 30, is a three-time Gold Glove winner. He committed only five errors in 160 regular-season games this year. Parra, 26, captured his second Gold Glove this year. A right fielder who occasionally saw action in center field, Parra led the NL with 17 outfield assists, a franchise season record.

---Rick Renteria was officially named manager of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with club options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 51-year-old Renteria, becoming the 53rd manager in franchise history, joins the Cubs with 30 years of professional baseball experience, including the last six years as the bench coach (2011-13) and first base coach (2008-10) with the San Diego Padres.

Renteria has never been a manager at the major league level. He served eight seasons as a manager in the Miami Marlins' and Padres' farm system.

---The Texas Ragners signed left-handed pitcher Martin Perez to a four-year contract through 2017, the club announced Thursday.

Perez is guaranteed $12.5 million. The deal also includes club options for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Perez, who turns 23 next season, established himself in the Rangers' rotation this past season. He started 20 games and was 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA, striking out 84 and walking 37.
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