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MLB roundup: Yankees closing in on re-signing Ichiro

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The New York Yankees are looking to retain free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, Fox Sports reported Monday.

Ichiro, in turn, reportedly wants to re-sign with the club. He was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Yankees in July.

He batted .322 with a .794 OPS in 67 games with New York after struggling with a .261 average and a .642 OPS in 95 games with Seattle.

Ichiro is likely to sign a one-year contract.

If the Yankees re-sign Ichiro, 39, they would have an all left-handed-hitting starting outfield along with Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner. However, the club might look to deal Granderson and seek a righty in the outfield.

One option they may pursue is slugger Josh Hamilton, though they are not considered serious bidders at this point.

--Outfielder Ryan Ludwick signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds, the club announced.

Ludwick, 34, hit .275 with 26 home runs, 80 RBI and had an .877 OPS this year for the Reds.

The agreement was reported over the weekend.

--The Chicago White Sox announced Monday that free-agent infielder Jeff Keppinger signed a three-year, $12 million contract. The agreement was reported last week.

Keppinger reportedly broke his lower right leg in a fall at his home in November, but he is expected to be ready by Opening Day in April.

Keppinger will make $3.5 million in 2013, $4.0 million in 2014 and $4.5 million in 2015. Keppinger, 32, hit .325 with nine homers for the Tampa Bay Rays last season.

--Because of local television broadcasts and healthy attendance figures, Major League Baseball revenue is expected to be about $7.5 billion for this year.

The Business of Baseball reported Monday that the sport's revenue is on the rise after remaining flat in recent years. Baseball revenue was at $7 billion for two years before this year's increase.

Starting in 2014, new national broadcast contracts with Fox, ESPN and TBS will add another $788.3 million. Even if revenues stay static, the new television deals will push those figures past the $8.4 billion mark.

--The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with pitcher Jason Grilli on a two-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The contract calls for Grilli to make $6.75 million, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. Grilli went 1-6 with a 2.91 earned-run average in 64 games for the Pirates in 2012. He served a set-up man out of the bullpen.

--The Boston Red Sox have claimed pitcher Sandy Rosario, who had been designated for assignment by the Oakland A's. He was 0-0 with an 18.00 ERA in four games with Miami in 2012.

---The Detroit Tigers have signed catcher Brayan Pena, who was released last month by the Royals. Pena have agreed to a one-year deal, according to MLB.com/ He hit .251 as a backup in 2012.

---Former Minnesota Twins player Doug Mientkiewicz has been named the manager of Minnesota's high Single-A affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla.

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