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Yankees acquire Kuroda, Pineda

Associated Press / January 14, 2012
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The New York Yankees shored up their rotation with two moves yesterday, signing free agent righthander Hiroki Kuroda and trading catcher Jesus Montero for Seattle’s Michael Pineda, according to people familiar with the deals.

Kuroda signed a one-year, $10 million deal that is pending a physical, according to the source. He was 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA last season for the Dodgers

The Pineda-for-Montero swap includes Yankee pitcher Hector Noesi and Seattle pitcher Jose Campos and is also pending a physical, according to the source.

Pineda, a 22-year-old righthander, was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 171 innings in his rookie season with Seattle.

Montero was long thought to be the heir to Jorge Posada’s spot behind the plate. Posada is reportedly retiring.

New Prince in Texas?

A person familiar with the meeting says slugger Prince Fielder is in Texas to talk with the two-time American League champion Rangers. Fielder’s visit to Texas was first reported by USA Today. The 27-year-old first baseman made $15.55 million last season with Milwaukee, including a $50,000 bonus for starting the All-Star Game, after signing a record single-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player last January. He hit .299 with 38 homers and 120 RBIs as the Brewers won the NL Central for their first division title since 1982. Mitch Moreland (99 games), Michael Young (36), and Mike Napoli (35) spent time at first base last season for Texas. The meeting with Fielder comes at the same time the Rangers are negotiating a deal with Yu Darvish, the 25-year-old considered the best pitcher in Japan. Texas put in a record post of $51.7 million to negotiate with Darvish, and its 30-day window expires Wednesday.

Wood, Prado stay put

Kerry Wood re-signed with the Cubs, the team announced. The 34-year-old will get $3 million next year, and his contract includes a $3 million club option for 2013. He was 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 55 relief appearances before shutting it down because of a tear in his left knee . . . Atlanta avoided arbitration with outfielder Martin Prado, agreeing to a $4.75 million contract for 2012, and also brought back utility infielder Jack Wilson . . . Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said he has cooperated with authorities investigating an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman last fall . . . Righthander Kyle Kendrick avoided arbitration with the Phillies, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,585,000 . . . Giants ace Tim Lincecum headed 142 players filing for arbitration, and San Francisco figures to give him the highest offer for an arbitration player, topping the $14.25 million the Yankees submitted for Derek Jeter.

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