MLB roundup: Braves' Freeman receives extension

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The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with first baseman Freddie Freeman on a contract extension, avoiding salary arbitration, and the deal could be for as much as $125 million for eight years, Fox Sports reported Tuesday.

Just hours before Freeman's deal, the Braves and outfielder Jason Heyward agreed on a two-year contract, avoiding arbitration as well.

Freeman, who broke into the major leagues in 2010, has improved every year. The 24-year-old All-Star is coming off a 2013 season in which he hit .319 with 23 home runs, 109 RBIs and 89 runs scored in 147 games.

Earlier Tuesday, CBSSports.com reported Heyward's deal is worth $13.3 million.

---The Seattle Mariners are in talks with outfielder Nelson Cruz and targeting closer Fernando Rodney, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

The Mariners had been linked as a front-runner to Cruz throughout the offseason. Discussions may have heated up in the past few days, according to Heyman, and the Mariners reportedly are willing to hand out a multiyear deal for the 33-year-old slugger.

Cruz had 27 home runs, 76 RBIs and a .266 batting average for the Rangers last year before accepting a 50-game PED suspension tied to the Biogenesis scandal. Rodney, 37, was 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 37 saves in 66 2/3 innings last season for the Tampa Bay Rays.

CBSSports.com also reported that the Mariners will not go to arbitration with first baseman-outfielder Logan Morrison, 25, after the two sides agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. The Mariners acquired Morrison from Miami in December.

---Outfielder Sam Fuld reached an agreement Wednesday with the Oakland Athletics on a minor-league contract, according to Fox Sports.com.

The one-year deal is reported to be valued at $800,000 if he makes the opening-day roster and another potential $100,000 in bonuses for games played.

The left-handed-hitting Fuld, 32, spent the past three seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. Last year, he batted just .199 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 119 games.

---Infielder Jeff Baker agreed to a two-year, $3.7 million deal with the Miami Marlins, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Baker, 33, hit .279 with 11 homers in 175 plate appearances for the Texas Rangers last year.

---The New York Mets signed right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Farnsworth, who turns 38 in April, pitched for the Tamp Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, combining to post a 4.70 ERA in 48 appearances.
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