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Astros finalize Odorizzi's 2-year deal

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HOUSTON (AP) Right-hander Jake Odorizzi and the Houston Astros finalized a $20.25 million, two-year contract Monday that guarantees $20.25 million over two years or $23.5 million over three seasons.

The deal contains additional performance bonuses that could make it worth at least $33.25 million over three years and possibly more depending on appearances in 2021 and '22.

Odorizzi enhances a Houston rotation that lost Framber Valdez indefinitely to a broken finger this spring. Astros ace Justin Verlander also is sidelined while recovering from Tommy John surgery.


Cubs, White Sox limited to 20% capacity

CHICAGO (AP) After a season of mostly empty ballparks in Chicago, the famed marquee at Wrigley Field said it all.

"Welcome home, Cubs fans," it read.


16-year vet Cormier dies of cancer at 53

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Rheal Cormier, the durable left-hander who spent 16 seasons in the majors and remarkably pitched in the Olympics before and after his time in the big leagues, died Monday. He was 53.

The Philadelphia Phillies said Cormier died of cancer at his home in New Brunswick, Canada.


Brewers OF Cain dealing with quad issue

The Milwaukee Brewers believe they have room for more than one Gold Glove center fielder in their outfield.

Milwaukee finalized its $24 million, two-year contract with Jackie Bradley Jr., whose deal allows him to opt out after one season and $13 million to become a free agent again. It also includes a mutual option that could make it worth $28 million over three seasons.


Arihara settles into 2nd start for Texas

Kohei Arihara finished what he started this time.

The Texas Rangers newcomer bounced back from a shaky spring training debut, pitching three solid innings Monday in a 9-0, seven-inning loss to the Chicago Cubs.


ChiSox 2B Madrigal healthy after surgery

Nick Madrigal knows his teammates with the Chicago White Sox, and they know him - enough to poke a little fun at the second baseman. He knows his way around the team's spring training facility, and he knows what he needs to do to get ready for the season.

He isn't a kid anymore.


New Twins SS Simmons finally in camp

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have been eagerly anticipating the addition of Andrelton Simmons to their infield this season.

Getting him and his renowned glove in camp was even worth an extra wait.


Youngsters battling for Marlins' 2B job

MIAMI (AP) Highly regarded Miami Marlins prospect Jazz Chisholm calls the ballfield his "happy place," which is why he's always in motion, bouncing about even during monotonous spring training drills.

Teammates tell him to chill.


Indians' Ramirez, Reyes break protocols

CLEVELAND (AP) For the third time in less than a year, the Cleveland Indians are having to isolate players because they broke COVID-19 protocols.

Third baseman Jose Ramirez and slugger Franmil Reyes are being kept away from their teammates at spring training in Arizona after they reported to the team that they went out to dinner in violation of team and Major League Baseball regulations.

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