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MLB roundup: White Sox, Quintana agree to 5-year deal

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The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana on a five-year contract Monday that includes two club options.

If Quintana, 25, becomes eligible for arbitration after this season, the new contract would guarantee him $26.5 million. He would receive $850,000 this year, $3.4 million in 2015, $5.4 million in 2016, $7 million in 2017 and $8.85 million in 2018. The options for 2019 would be $10.5 million and for 2020 at $11.5 million. If the White Sox decline either option, he would receive a $1 million buyout.

If Quintana is not eligible for arbitration after this year, he would be guaranteed $21 million. He would receive $850,000 this season, $1 million in 2015, $3.8 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017 and $8.35 million in 2018. The options and buyout would remain the same.

Quintana went 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA, 164 strikeouts and a big-league-leading 17 no-decisions over 33 starts last year in his first full major league season.

--One week before the start of the regular season, the Detroit Tigers were still shopping for a shortstop, so they acquired veteran Alex Gonzalez from the Baltimore Orioles for utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi.

It was the second deal in less than a week geared at filling a vacancy created last week when shortstop Jose Iglesias learned he would miss at least four months with stress fractures to both shins. Detroit picked up Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Gonzalez, 37, played only 27 games at shortstop the past two seasons. He hit .177 in 41 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013, primarily as a first baseman.

--The Atlanta Braves released veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia.

Garcia signed a minor league contract in January to provide rotation depth, and he would have earned $1.25 million if he made the team. However, even with starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery last week, he failed to make the roster. In five spring starts, Garcia posted a 4.76 ERA.

--Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto is out 10 to 12 weeks because of a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Soto left Sunday's spring game after the knee locked up on him. He asked for assistance while he was squatting behind the plate because he could not move his leg.

--Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn will open the season on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21 because of a hamstring injury.

Bourn had a batting line of .263/.316/.360 with 21 doubles, six triples, six homers, 50 RBIs, 75 runs and 23 stolen bases after signing a four-year, $48 million contract a year ago.

--Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Colome received a 50-game suspension without pay for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. MLB announced the ban after Colome tested positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance.

Colome is currently on the club's 40-man roster as a member of Triple-A Durham. His suspension takes effective at the start of the regular season.

--New York Mets manager Terry Collins named right-hander Dillon Gee as the team's starting pitcher for Opening Day against the Washington Nationals on March 31.

Gee, who is 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in three spring training starts, was 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA last year in 199 innings, more than any other pitcher on the Mets' staff.
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