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MLB notebook: Former Tribe starter Roberto Hernandez signs with Phillies

Associated Press

The Philadelphia Phillies kept their aces and added another starter.

A source said that right-hander Roberto Hernandez and Phillies agreed to a one-year contract. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because an agreement has not been completed and the player must pass a physical.

The 33-year-old Hernandez was formerly known as Fausto Carmona. He was arrested in January 2012 on charges of falsifying his identity that were later dropped. Major League Baseball suspended him for three weeks.

Last year, he was 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA for Tampa Bay, and he is 59-82 with a 4.67 ERA over eight seasons overall, seven with the Cleveland Indians.

Hernandez gives the Phillies depth on their staff. He is expected to compete for one of two spots in their rotation.

General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made the move on the final day of baseball’s winter meetings. The Phillies also selected right-hander Kevin Munson from Arizona in the Rule 5 draft.

Cano finalizes contract

All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners finalized their $240 million, 10-year contract that was agreed upon late last week.

The deal, which is tied for the fourth largest contract in major league history, was completed Thursday after Cano passed his physical.

Tigers add Joba to pen

The Detroit Tigers accomplished another goal during their busy offseason, adding depth to their bullpen with Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain and the Tigers agreed to terms on a one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press on Thursday because the deal hadn’t been announced.

The hard-throwing, right-handed reliever was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the New York Yankees. The converted starter was 23-14 with five saves with a 3.85 ERA in 260 over seven seasons with the Yankees.

Chamberlain will get a fresh start in Detroit in a relatively low-pressure role as a middle reliever.

The Tigers have won the last three AL Central titles and at least one postseason series the previous three years, but they got to the World Series only once and were swept by the San Francisco Giants in 2012. They’re hoping they have made all the right moves to boost the franchise’s quest to win a World Series for the first time since 1984.

Cubs acquire Ruggiano

The Chicago Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they needed, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for lefty swinging Brian Bogusevic.

Ruggiano, who turns 32 in April, has played parts of five big league seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13). He hit a career-high 18 homers in 472 at-bats for Miami last year. He’s a .251 hitter for his career. In 317 games, he has 37 homers and 109 RBI.

The Cubs had left-handers Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney in the outfield, making Bogusevic available for trades.

Bogusevic, who turns 30 in February, hit .273 with six homers and 16 RBI in 47 games last year. In 299 games over four years — the first three in Houston — Bogusevic has 17 homers and 62 RBI with a .273 average.

He could help fill the hole created by lefty Logan Morrison, who was dealt to Seattle on Wednesday for reliever relief pitcher Carter Capps.

Giants welcome Morse

Michael Morse and the San Francisco Giants reached agreement on a one-year, $6 million contract, and he is expected to be the team’s starting left fielder.

The deal is pending a physical, assistant General Manager Bobby Evans said. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. If Morse becomes the everyday left fielder in place of Gregor Blanco, Bochy would have Blanco available coming off the bench, to fill in elsewhere or as a late-game defensive replacement.

Morse missed time this past season with both a broken right pinkie and strained right quadriceps before returning from the disabled list in late July. The 31-year-old nine-year veteran, batted .215 with 13 home runs and 27 RBI in 88 games between the Mariners and Orioles.

Around the leagues

The Boston Red Sox finalized their two-year deal with first baseman Mike Napoli, who will earn $32 million through 2015. … Reliever Jordan Walden and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $1.49 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in November 2012, Walden was 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA this year with 54 strikeouts in 47 innings. He made $541,500. … Tomo Ohka, who last pitched in the major leagues in 2009 with the Indians, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. … Outfielder Nate McLouth passed his physical and signed his two-year contract with the Washington Nationals. … The Los Angeles Angels added left-handed reliever Brian Moran. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Moran in the Rule 5 draft, then traded him to the Angels for a $244,000 international draft slot. He pitched at Tacoma last season and was 2-5.




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