MLB roundup: Yankees' Rodriguez may miss half of 2013 season

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez might miss the first half of next season after he has hip surgery, ESPN New York reported Monday.

Rodriguez is scheduled to have the operation in January and the recovery time is expected to be four to six months.

Rodriguez complained about hip pain during the ALCS in October, when he struggled against the Texas Rangers. He had surgery on his right hip in 2009. He had an MRI after Game 1 of the series and it checked out OK. During a recent doctor visit, however, a new injury to his left hip was revealed.

Rodriguez struggled in the postseason, going 0-for-18 with 12 strikeouts in the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers and was eventually benched.

The 37-year-old batted .272 in 2012 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI in 122 games. His .783 OPS was its lowest since 1995.

His previous hip surgery occurred shortly after he admitted taking performance enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez is still owed $114 million dollars on his contract that runs through 2017.

--The Boston Red Sox agreed on a three-year, $39 million contract with free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, ESPN Dallas reported.

Napoli played with the Texas Rangers this past year. The Red Sox expect to play Napoli at first base. He could also fill in at catcher if the team decides to trade Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Napoli, 31, batted .227 with 24 home runs and 56 RBIs in 2012.

--The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a one-year, $2-million contract with free agent first baseman James Loney, ESPN.com reported.

Loney can also make up $1 million in performance-based incentives.

The deal is pending a physical exam.

Loney, 28, combined to hit just .249 with six home runs and 41 RBIs in 144 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox this past season.

--Free agent center fielder Angel Pagan, a cornerstone of the San Francisco Giants' World Series championship run, has reached an agreement with the Giants on a four-year contract that will pay him $40 million, multiple media outlets reported.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported that Pagan will receive a $5 million signing bonus and annual salaries of $7 million salary in 2013, $9 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016.

Pagan, 31, hit .288 with eight home runs, 56 RBIs and a league-leading 15 triples in his first season with the Giants.

--The United States will open pool play in the World Baseball Classic on March 8 when it faces Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Team USA and Mexico will be part of Pool D, along with Canada and Italy, in games to be played in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz., from March 7-10.

Brazil, China, Cuba and Japan will play in Pool A from March 2-6 at Fukuoka, Japan. Pool B will consist of Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea and the Netherlands and will be played from March 2-5 at Taichung, Taiwan. San Juan, Puerto Rico will be the site of Pool C play from March 7-10, with the host nation being joined by the Dominican Republic, Spain and Venezuela.

The top two teams in each pool will advance to second round, with those from Pools A and B playing March 8-12 at Tokyo and those from Pools C and D playing March 12-16 at Marlins Park in Miami.

The top two finishers from each second-round pool advance to the championship round to be played March 17-19 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

--The Toronto Blue Jays claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers Monday, according to Fox Sports.

After winning the World Series, the Giants waived Whiteside, who played sparingly for the team. The New York Yankees grabbed Whiteside in late November, but designated him for assignment two days later.

--The San Diego Padres are close to a one-year agreement with free agent right-handed starting pitcher Jason Marquis, ESPN.com reported.

Marquis, 34, is coming off a rough season that ended Aug. 21 with a broken left hand when it was hit by a line drive.

He went 8-11 with a 5.22 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 22 starts overall this year.

--John Kruk will join ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" booth, starting with the 2013 season. Kruk will join play-by-play voice Dan Shulman and analyst Orel Hershiser. Kruk has served as a "Baseball Tonight" analyst on ESPN since 2004.

--The Chicago Cubs found a replacement for color analyst Bob Brenly on their television broadcasts, hiring former Houston Astros announcer Jim Deshaies.

Deshaies will work alongside Len Kasper for games on WGN-TV, Comcast SportsNet and WCIU-TV.

Deshaies was part of the Astros' broadcast team since 1997. He fills the Chicago vacancy created when Brenly left the Cubs' broadcast crew after last season to accept a job with the Arizona Diamondbacks' broadcast team.
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