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Rays add Burrell's bat to their lineup

Associated Press / January 6, 2009
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Pat Burrell went from one World Series team to the other.

The Rays added a big bat to the middle of their lineup, agreeing yesterday on a $16 million, two-year contract with Burrell.

The 32-year-old spent the past nine seasons with the Phillies, who defeated the Rays in the World Series last season.

"At the end of last year, obviously I got a chance to know the team pretty well," said Burrell, who hit .250 with 33 homers, 33 doubles, 86 RBIs, and 102 walks in a career-high 157 games in 2008.

"Coming into free agency, the thing that was most important to me was to go somewhere I thought had as good a chance or better to repeat and go back to the World Series, or at least get into the playoffs."

Burrell is a .257 career hitter with 251 homers and 827 RBIs.

Bradley to Cubs
The Cubs and free agent Milton Bradley reached preliminary agreement on a $30 million, three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The pact is subject to a physical scheduled for today.

The Cubs got swept out of the playoffs for the second straight year after a lineup loaded with righthanded hitters struggled against the Dodgers.

A switch hitter, Bradley batted .321 with 22 homers for Texas in 2008 while leading the American League with a .436 on-base percentage.

Romero suspended
ESPN reported that Phillies pitcher J.C. Romero will be suspended for the first 50 games next season because of issues surrounding his purchase of a supplement from a GNC store in July. The Players Association at the time said the supplement was acceptable, but now MLB is saying the 33-year-old reliever tested positive and is guilty of "negligence" . . . Manager Mike Scioscia and the Angels have agreed in principle on a multiyear contract extension. Scioscia's current deal runs through 2009, with a club option for 2010, for about $2 million per season. General manager Tony Reagins said the extension "goes well beyond" 2010. The Angels are 803-655 in nine seasons under Scioscia.

Jones on way out?
The Dodgers have agreed to trade or release Andruw Jones, 30, in exchange for the center fielder deferring much of the $22 million remaining on his contract, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions . . . Still looking for a closer, the Cardinals say they might consider turning to oft-injured ace Chris Carpenter next season, although Carpenter made only four appearances last season following reconstructive elbow surgery and underwent another procedure in November to transpose an elbow nerve . . . The New York Times reported that lefthander Andy Pettitte has rejected the Yankees' one-year, $10 million offer, but while there is no standing offer now, some in the team's hierarchy still want him back . . . Former Brewers closer Derrick Turnbow, 30, agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers . . . Carl Pohlad, a billionaire banker whose Twins won two World Series titles during nearly his nearly quarter-century as owner, died yesterday at age 93. Obituary, Page B14.

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