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MLB roundup: Posey, Jacoby among those who avoid arbitration

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A number of high-profile players, including Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Jacoby Ellsbury, reached contract agreements on Friday to avoid arbitration hearings, but 36 other players did not reach a deal and submitted their arbitration requests.

Here are some of the players who reached deals to avoid arbitration:

--Center fielder Ellsbury has reached agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a one-year, $9 million contract to avoid arbitration, multiple media outlets reported. Ellsbury, 29, will be eligible for free agency following the 2013 season. Ellsbury finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2011, when he hit .321 with 32 homers, but he played only 74 games in 2012 after dislocating his right shoulder. He hit .271 with four home runs last season.

The Red Sox also signed new closer Joel Hanrahan to a one-year deal worth $7.04 million. Hanrahan, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2013 season, came to the Red Sox last month in a trade with Pittsburgh. The Pirates paid him $4.1 million in 2012.

--All-Star catcher Matt Wieters was one of four players who reached contract agreements with the Baltimore Orioles. Wieters, 26, will make $5.5 million in 2013, according to a report from CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. He can earn a $100,000 bonus if he wins another Gold Glove, $75,000 for being selected to the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Silver Slugger Award. Wieters posted his .249 and had 23 homers last season, when he was named to the All-Star team for the second straight year.

--The San Francisco Giants reached agreements with Posey, Pence, outfielder Gregor Blanco and pitcher Jose Miljare. All four players reached agreements on one-year contracts. Posey, the NL MVP and batting champion will make $8 million in 2012. Pence will receive $13.8 million, Miljares $1.8 million and Blanco $1.3 million.

--The Cleveland Indians signed closer Chris Perez, starting pitcher Justin Masterson, outfielder Drew Stubbs, catcher Lou Marson and relievers Joe Smith and Matt Albers to one-year contracts. Perez signed a $7.3 million contract after making $4.5 million in 2012. He logged 36 saves and a 3.59 ERA last season.

---Matt Garza and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $10.25 million contract.

Garza and his agents announced the deal, which is a raise over his $9.5 million contract in 2012, on Twitter. Garza's 2012 season ended July 21 when he injured his pitching elbow in a game against St. Louis. He finished with a 5-7 record with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts.

---Tampa Bay pitcher Jeff Niemann agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Niemann is coming off an injury-plagued 2012 season when a broken fibula and shoulder problem limited him to eight games.

--Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Heyward agreed to a one-year, $3.65 million deal, which is more than four times his 2012 salary..

--Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar agreed to a one-year, $4.56 million deal.

--The Washington Nationals' Craig Stammen reached agreement on one of the day's few multiyear deals, agreeing to a two-year, $2.25 million dea, accordin to the Washington Post. Washington also agreed to a one-year, $2.33 million deal with pitcher.

--Jed Lowrie and the Houston Astros have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

--Pitcher Boone Logan and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $3.15 million, non-guaranteed contract on Friday, thus avoiding salary arbitration.

---In other baseball news, a minor-league baseball team is seizing the opportunity to capitalize on the Manti Te'o hoax with an attention-grabbing promotion.

The Florence (Ky.) Freedom, an independent team, announced Thursday that it is planning a Manto Te'o Girlfriend Bobblehead Day on May 23.

Only there's no bobblehead. An empty box will be given to the first 1,000 fans entering the park that would hold the bobblehead of the Notre Dame linebacker's imaginary girlfriend.

The Freedom isn't stopping there. The team will have a pretend kiss cam for fans to kiss their imaginary friends, and stage an imaginary food fight in the kids' area and an air guitar contest.

---Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart will have surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and could miss three to four months of the 2012 season.

Hart had surgery on the same knee last spring to repair cartilage damage. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Hart's knee swelled during offseason workouts and a recent MRI found a problem in the joint surface.

In 149 games last season, Hart batted .270 with 30 home runs and 83 RBI.

---Two Minor League players have been suspended for 50 games each for violating of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

Oakland A's Minor League pitcher Gary Daley Jr., who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Midland RockHounds, has been suspended for testing positive for Methylphenidate. Free agent Minor League first baseman Austin Gallagher has been suspended for testing positive for Methylhexaneamine.
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