7:40 PM PST, February 20, 2014
The Atlanta Braves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons agreed on a $58-million, seven-year contract, a record deal for the latest young star locked up by the National League East champions.
The deal, which runs through the 2020 season, is the largest awarded to a non-foreign player with less than two years of service time. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo signed a $41-million, seven-year contract last May.
Simmons, 24, showed power potential in 2013, when he hit 17 home runs, but he earned the big contract with his defense. He won his first Gold Glove award in 2013, when he led the major leagues with 499 assists.
The Boston Red Sox have reached a contract agreement with left-hander Chris Capuano, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because completion of the deal was pending a physical.
Capuano, 35, has spent his first nine seasons in the National League, the last two with the Dodgers. He was 4-7 with a 4.26 earned-run average last season when he went on the disabled list twice and was limited to 24 appearances, 20 of them starts. In 2012, he made an NL-high 33 starts and was 12-12 with a career-best 3.72 ERA.
Boston Red Sox left-hander Francisco Tena has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season following a positive drug test under the minor league drug program. The commissioner's office said Thursday Tena tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
Tena, who will turn 19 in March, signed with the Red Sox in December. His suspension will begin at the start of the Dominican Summer League.
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