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[January 16, 2014]  (The Sports Xchange)   Los Angeles Dodgers: Kershaw, Clayton

LHP Clayton Kershaw signed a reported seven-year, $215 million deal, making him the first $200 million pitcher in MLB history. Kershaw, also becomes the first player with a contract averaging $30-plus million per season. Kershaw wasn't yet a free agent and had one year of arbitration remaining. This deal buys out the final year of arbitration plus up to six years of free agency. Kershaw, who was 16-9 last season, won the National League Cy Young award for the second time in three years. He finished first in ERA (1.83), strikeouts (232) and walks-and-hits-per-inning-pitched ratio (0.92). Kershaw came in second in innings pitched (236), and he tied for third with 16 wins.


Chicago Cubs: Coghlan, Chris

OF/3B Chris Coghlan signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on Jan. 15. He received an invitation to Chicago's major league spring camp. Coghlan became a free agent last month when the Marlins did not tender him a contract at the deadline, choosing not to go to salary arbitration with him.

The 28-year-old will be paid $800,000 if he is on the big-league roster, and his salary could top $1 million if he receives all incentive bonuses, according to the New York Daily News.

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Last season, Coghlan played 70 games with Miami, hitting .256 with a .318 on-base percentage, a .354 slugging percentage, one homer and 10 RBIs.

As a rookie in 2009, Coghlan batted .321/.390/.460 with nine homers and 47 RBIs in 128 games. Over the next four seasons, he hit a combined .242/.307/.352 with 12 homers and 70 RBIs in 265 games.

New York Yankees: Roberts, Brian

2B Brian Roberts and the Yankees finalized a one-year, $2 million deal Jan. 15. In his prime, Roberts was a sparkplug as a leadoff man for the Orioles and a dynamite defender. However, injuries have haunted him in his career. Roberts appeared in 192 of a possible 648 games over the past four seasons with Baltimore. He was a two-time All-Star with the Orioles, but he hasn't played in more than 77 games in a season since 2009.

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