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POSTED January 25, 2012 6:25 p.m.

GONZALEZ, NATIONALS MAKE 5-YEAR DEAL OFFICIAL: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals held a news conference Wednesday at their ballpark to show off their most significant offseason acquisition and pat themselves on the back for locking him down with a big contract.

No, not Prince Fielder. Gio Gonzalez.

More than a month after joining Washington in a trade from Oakland, and 1½ weeks after agreeing to a $42 million, five-year deal, Gonzalez made it official by signing on the dotted line Wednesday.
RED SOX AND ANDREW BAILEY AGREE AT $3.9 MILLION: BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms Wednesday with right-handed pitcher Andrew Bailey on a one-year contract worth $3.9 million.

The deal avoids arbitration. Bailey, who made $465,000 last year, asked for $4.7 million; the team offered $3.35 million.

Bailey was acquired from the Oakland Athletics this winter. The 27-year-old right-hander converted 24 of 26 save opportunities with a 3.24 ERA for the A's in 2011. The Red Sox shipped outfielder Josh Reddick, infield prospect Miles Head and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara to Oakland for the All-Star closer and outfielder Ryan Sweeney.

ZIEGLER, D-BACKS AGREE AT $1,795,000 : PHOENIX (AP) — Pitcher Brad Ziegler and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,795,000, a deal that avoids arbitration.

The 32-year-old right-hander made $1.25 million last season. He had asked for $1,945,000 in arbitration and had been offered $1.46 million.

He was 3-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 66 appearances with the Diamondbacks and Oakland last season. He came to Arizona on July 31 in a trade that sent first baseman Brandon Allen and left-handed reliever Jordan Noberto to Oakland. Ziegler had no decisions with a 1.74 ERA in 23 appearances with the Diamondbacks.

JASON MOTTE AND CARDINALS AGREE AT $1.95 MILLION: ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals closer Jason Motte has agreed to a $1.95 million, one-year contract after helping St. Louis win the World Series.

The 29-year-old was 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA and nine saves last season, earning the closer's role in late August and getting five saves in the postseason.

Motte made $435,000 last year. He had asked for $2.4 million in arbitration and had been offered $1.5 million.

ANDRUW JONES AND YANKEES FINALIZE $2 MILLION DEAL: NEW YORK (AP) — Andruw Jones and the Yankees have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract that keeps him in New York for a second season.

The deal, agreed to last month and finalized Wednesday, allows him to earn another $1.45 million in performance bonuses.

Jones hit .247 with 13 homers and 33 RBIs in 222 plate appearances last year, providing a right-handed bat off the bench. The five-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner played 39 games in left, 19 in right and 16 at designated hitter,

In addition to his base salary, Jones can earn $45,000 each for 100 and 125 plate appearances, $70,000 apiece for 150, 175, 200 and 225, $170,000 each for 250 and 275, $220,000 apiece for 300 and 325 and $300,000 for 350.

ROCKIES ADD YEAR AND $4.25 MILLION FOR BETANCOURT: DENVER (AP) — Rafael Betancourt has a new deal to go with his new role as Colorado's closer.

The Rockies' right-handed reliever agreed Wednesday to an $8.5 million, two-year contract that guarantees him an additional $4.25 million.

The Venezuela native saved eight of nine games filling in for an injured Huston Street last August. The Rockies traded Street to San Diego in December.

Betancourt has never had a closer's job to start a season. He has 27 career saves and 141 holds for Cleveland (2003-09) and Colorado (2009-2011).

 

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