Dodgers lock up Greinke for $147m
The Dodgers finalized a $147 million, six-year deal with free agent righthander Zack Greinke Monday, hours after they introduced lefthander Ryu Hyun-jin of South Korea. ‘‘We were definitely hoping for Zack,’’ said Magic Johnson, a partner in Guggenheim Baseball Management, which bought the team last spring. ‘‘Zack is a proven winner. When you put him together with Clayton, man, we feel really good.’’ The deals for Greinke and Ryu give the Dodgers eight starting pitchers under contract for next season, joining 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano, and Aaron Harang. Greinke, 29, won the 2009 AL Cy Young Award. He split last season with Milwaukee and the Angels, going a combined 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 34 starts. Ryu, the first player to go directly from the Korean league to the major leagues, signed a $36 million, six-year deal after talks went down to the final seconds of the negotiating window Sunday. Dodgers paid $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with the 25-year-old, whose agent is Scott Boras.
Yankees, Suzuki eye an encore season
Ichiro Suzuki and the Yankees are in talks to finalize a one-year contract that may be completed this week, a source told ESPN.com. Suzuki, 39, was traded from Seattle last season and hit .322 in 67 games in New York . . . Left fielder Ryan Ludwick signed a two-year, $15 million deal to stay with Cincinnati. It includes a mutual option for 2015. The 34-year-old batted .275 with 26 homers and 80 RBIs in 125 games last season . . . The White Sox agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with infielder Jeff Keppinger. He hit a career-high .325 in 115 games with Tampa Bay last season . . . The Pirates re-signed reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year contract worth $6.75 million . . . The Tigers agreed to a one-year contract with backup catcher Brayan Pena . . . High school pitcher Shohei Otani decided to stay in Japan instead of immediately pursuing a career in Major League Baseball. Otani had said before November’s draft he intended to go to the majors straight out of high school, where the righthander’s fastball was clocked at close to 100 miles per hour. The 18-year-old was selected by the Nippon Ham Fighters in the first round of Japan’s draft . . . The Blue Jays hired Pat Hentgen as bullpen coach, bringing the Cy Young winner back into the team’s coaching ranks. He previously served as Toronto’s bullpen coach in 2011 . . . Former Twins and Red Sox first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was chosen by the Twins to manage their Single A affiliate in the Florida State League, the Fort Myers Miracle . . . MLB agreed to a new five-year deal with StubHub as its secondary ticket market. StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman said the Yankees, Angels, and Cubs have opted out of the deal.
Irving ready to return for Cavaliers
Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving was cleared to practice after missing 10 games with a broken finger. Irving has been sidelined since breaking his left index finger in a Nov. 18 game against Philadelphia. The Cavs went just 2-9 without Irving, the NBA’s reigning rookie of the year. He contributed 22.9 points and 5.6 assists per game, a welcome addition since Cleveland is also missing electrifying rookie Dion Waters (sprained ankle) . . . The 76ers’ Andrew Bynum said his injured right knee is feeling better, but still feels pain in his left knee. Bynum will have his knees examined again Dec. 20. Bynum said the worst-case scenario is he’ll miss at least another month. But in the best case, he could be ready to start practicing and maybe play about a month from his exam. He has not practiced or played for the Sixers since he was acquired in the offseason from the Lakers. He had been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee and injured his left knee while bowling last month.
Schedule announced for PGA Tour
The PGA Tour’s event in Mexico will anchor a six-tournament schedule next fall that will not include Disney for the first time in more than 40 years. The tour next year goes to a wraparound season and will offer FedEx Cup points for the six tournaments that will kick off the 2013-14 season. That season will start with the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in northern California on Oct. 10-13 and conclude with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico on Nov. 14-17. After about a two-month break, the 2013-14 schedule will resume at Kapalua, Hawaii, with the Tournament of Champions . . . Rory McIlroy won the Golf Writers Trophy for winning five times around the world and finishing the season as the undisputed No. 1 player in golf.
Gatti and Hill head Hall of Fame class
The late Arturo Gatti and five-time world champion Virgil Hill were elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y. Gatti died at 37 three years ago in Brazil under mysterious circumstances. He won titles in two weight divisions. ‘‘He gave it all in the ring,’’ said Lowell native ‘‘Irish’’ Micky Ward, who had three memorable bouts with Gatti. Hill won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times . . . The US Grand Prix, featuring top Olympic contenders in both halfpipe skiing and snowboarding, has been postponed from Dec. 21-22 to Feb. 1-2 to assure a high quality halfpipe for competitors . . . Philemon Setshedi, the former manager of South Africa’s national soccer team, was found guilty of trying to fix a league promotion playoff game in 2011.