December 13, 2008|By From Sun news services

Yankees, Burnett agree to five-year contract


The New York Yankees reeled in another pitcher with a rich offer, reaching agreement with free agent A.J. Burnett on a five-year, $82.5 million contract yesterday. Left-handed ace CC Sabathia and the Yankees made a deal for seven years and $161 million Wednesday during the winter meetings in Las Vegas. After missing the playoffs after a 13-year run, the Yankees again showed they were more than willing to shell out big bucks for pitching. Burnett's agreement was confirmed by the office of his agent, Darek Braunecker. The pitcher still needs to take a physical before the deal is completed. Burnett, a Monkton resident, joins a rotation that includes Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain. New York is hoping to re-sign Andy Pettitte. Burnett, a right-hander, 31, was 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays this past season.

Phillies: : The team reached a preliminary agreement with outfielder Raul Ibanez on a three-year, $31.5 million contract. The agreement is subject to Ibanez passing a physical, two people familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the contract wasn't yet finalized. Ibanez, 36, who will take over in left field for free agent Pat Burrell, batted .293 last season for the Mariners with 23 homers and 110 RBIs.

Blue Jays: : The team signed former All-Star right-hander Matt Clement, 34, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He went 13-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 2005 with the Red Sox. Clement has not pitched in the majors since 2006 because of shoulder problems.

Nationals: : Outfielder Willie Harris, a former Oriole, agreed to a two-year, $3 million deal. Washington also said it did not tender a 2009 contract to right-hander Tim Redding, the only pitcher to win 10 games for the team last season. The Nationals tendered contracts to four arbitration-eligible players: third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, outfielder Josh Willingham, left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen and right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill.

Et cetera: : The Mets traded left-hander Scott Schoeneweis to the Diamondbacks. New York agreed to pay $1.6 million of Schoeneweis' $3.6 million salary for 2009 and acquired right-hander Connor Robertson from Arizona. ... Free-agent infielder Felipe Lopez signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks for $3.5 million. ... The White Sox agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract with Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 19. ... The Rays decided against offering Jonny Gomes a contract for next season, making the outfielder a free agent. ... Right-hander Chad Gaudin agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cubs, and left-hander Neal Cotts accepted a one-year, $1.1 million deal. ... The Reds strengthened their bullpen by agreeing to a two-year, $4 million contract with left-hander Arthur Rhodes, 39, a former Oriole. ... Utility infielder Ramon Vazquez signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Pirates. ... Former Yankees All-Star center fielder Bernie Williams, 40, is expected to play winter baseball in his native Puerto Rico.

Army dismisses Brock as coach after 2 seasons

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Army coach Stan Brock was fired, six days after the Black Knights were soundly beaten by rival Navy. The Black Knights lost, 34-0, to the Midshipmen, ending a trying season that included a 30-3 defeat to Rutgers. Brock was 3-9 in each of his two seasons. Brock, a former NFL offensive lineman, was Army's offensive line coach for three years before replacing former Maryland coach Bobby Ross in early 2007.

Syracuse: : New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Doug Marrone was hired as coach, returning to the school for which he played in the mid-1980s to try to rebuild a program that hasn't had a winning season since 2001. Marrone will succeed Greg Robinson, who was fired last month after going 10-37 in four seasons.

Et cetera: : Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer chose not to accept a position as a special assistant to university president John Petersen. ... Bowling Green hired former Tennessee offensive coordinator Dave Clawson as its coach.

Giants' Jacobs to sit vs. Cowboys with injury


Running back Brandon Jacobs will miss the New York Giants' game against the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow night because of a knee injury. Jacobs aggravated his left knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and did not practice this week. He leads the Giants with 1,002 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by Derrick Ward.

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