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MLB: Braves, Freeman agree to deal

on February 05, 2014 10:35 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves agreed to an eight-year contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $125 million on Tuesday. The deal was confirmed by the team on Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agreed to a $13.3 million, two-year contract. Heyward and Freeman had filed for salary arbitration last month.

The 24-year-old Freeman was an All-Star last year when he hit .319 with 23 homers and 109 RBIs.

Manuel to be honored by Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is being honored on the team’s Wall of Fame. The winningest manager in team history will be celebrated on Aug. 9 before Philadelphia plays the Mets. Manuel will become the 36th member of the club.

Manuel led Philadelphia to five straight NL East titles and the franchise’s second World Series crown in 2008. He was fired in August, and last month accepted a job as a senior adviser to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

McGrady to try hand at baseball

HOUSTON (AP) — Retired seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady plans to try pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

A statement from the team says that it is a “lifelong dream” of McGrady’s to play baseball. It also says that the 6-foot-8 McGrady has “demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training program.” The team says it looks forward to monitoring his progress in a new sport.

The Skeeters last made national headlines when Roger Clemens pitched two games for them in 2012 at age 50.

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