MLB inside pitch

2013-03-30T00:00:00Z MLB inside pitchThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Cactus League

• Catcher Buster Posey is the San Francisco Giants' new franchise man. The Giants rewarded the NL MVP and batting champion with a $167 million, nine-year contract Friday, a deal that includes a club option for 2022 that could raise the value to $186 million over a decade. Posey's agreement is the longest for a catcher and the largest in Giants history, surpassing Matt Cain's $127.5 million, six-year contract signed before the start of last season.

• Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada made Kansas City's roster as a utility infielder, manager Ned Yost announced Friday. Tejada, 38, is a six-time All-Star who last played in the major leagues in 2011 with San Francisco.

• The Royals wrapped up their most successful spring training in team history with one final win Friday. Alex Gordon, Jeff Francoeur, Elliot Johnson and Roman Hernandez homered as the Royals beat Cleveland 5-1 in Surprise. The Royals finished 25-7-2, the best exhibition record in the majors. Kansas City finished with a Cactus League-leading .335 batting average and 230 runs.

• Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson struck out nine as Chicago and host Houston played to a 6-6 tie in 10 innings. Houston's Marwin Gonzalez hit an opposite-field, three-run homer in the second before Jackson retired nine of the next 10 batters, striking out seven.

Grapefruit League

• For Justin Verlander, $180 million was enough. No need to wait two seasons, become a free agent and find out how much baseball's biggest spenders would offer. "I wondered what it would be like to test free agency, but the pull of Detroit was too much," the ace said Friday after agreeing to a seven-year contract, the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history. Verlander's deal broke the record for pitchers set just a month earlier when Seattle's Felix Hernandez agreed to a $175 million, seven-year contract. Verlander, the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner had been signed through 2014 under an $80 million, five-year contract paying him $20 million in each of the next two seasons. The new deal keeps those salaries and adds $140 million in guaranteed money: $28 million each season from 2015 to 2019. It includes a $22 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he finishes among the top five in 2019 Cy Young voting. The deal could be worth $202 million over eight seasons.

• Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira hopes to get the protective brace on his injured right wrist removed Monday. Speaking before New York's 4-2 win in Washington on Friday, Teixeira said his goal is to rejoin the Yankees as soon as May 1. He will start the season on the DL because of a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.

• Gus Triandos, a catcher who spent most of his 14-year career with the Orioles, died Thursday in San Jose, Calif.

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