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MLB: Gardner gets new deal with Yanks

on February 24, 2014 10:40 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees agreed Sunday to a four-year contract worth $52 million.

The new pact starts in 2015 and includes a fifth-year club option for $12.5 million and a $2 million buyout. If traded, Gardner would receive $1 million.

The 30-year-old Gardner hit .273 last year with eight home runs, 52 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.

The Yankees are moving Gardner to left field this year after the signing of free agent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a $153 million, seven-year contract in December.

• SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — All-time home run leader Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as a spring training instructor.

The Giants say Bonds is expected to arrive during the second week of March. Manager Bruce Bochy says he’s looking forward to having Bonds in camp and thinks he can help the hitters.

• BALTIMORE (AP) — Free agent Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles have reached agreement on a one-year deal, giving the slugger a fresh start after his drug suspension.

A person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Saturday that Cruz will earn about $8.5 million, and can make more in performance bonuses.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract wasn’t complete. Other media outlets had reported a deal was in place.

• GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a $25 million, five-year contract Saturday.

The Dodgers had been negotiating with Arruebarrena for several days. The 23-year-old infielder defected from Cuba last fall, establishing residency in Haiti. He has been working out in the Dominican Republic, according to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. Colletti said Arruebarrena still has to acquire a work visa.

Cilic takes Delray Beach Open

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Croatia’s Marin Cilic won the Delray Beach Open on Sunday for his 11th ATP World Tour title and second in three weeks, beating Kevin Anderson 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-4 in 3 hours, 8 minutes.

Cilic leads the tour with 18 match wins this season. He won two weeks ago in Zagreb and was second last week in Rotterdam.

Top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles final, beating Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin 6-2, 6-3 for their third Delray Beach title. With Jack Nicklaus watching, the Bryans won their 94th ATP Tour title.

• RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rafael Nadal returned from a troublesome back injury to win the Rio Open on Sunday, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (3).

• MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Third-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia showed he has the temperament for big matches, extending his perfect record in finals to 5-0 after beating defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the Open 13 title on Sunday.

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