December 15, 2012

Major League Notebook: Sanchez decides to remain with Tigers

The Associated Press

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Anibal Sanchez pitched well for the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs but was hurt by a lack of offense. Sanchez, a free agent, will return to the team with a five-year contract.

The Associated Press

But Damon also has felt the wrath of Red Sox fans.

"He's had a hard time in Boston. I saw him the other day. It's kind of upsetting to him, the fact that they've been pretty rough on him," Youkilis said.

He also plans to speak with Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain. The pair feuded in the past over tight fastballs.

"It's not a big deal to me," Youkilis said. "If it was that big of a deal, I wouldn't be signing with the Yankees."

Chamberlain left Youkilis a voicemail this week but they haven't spoken.

"I haven't been able to return so many calls," Youkilis said. "But I'll reach out to him and talk to him."

If and when Rodriguez returns, Youkilis figures to see time at first base backing up Mark Teixeira. He also could get some games at designated hitter.

The team was hit with an $18.9 million luxury tax by Major League Baseball, the 10th consecutive year it will pay a penalty for it spending.

Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and the team closed in on a $13 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

CARDINALS: Free-agent infielder Ty Wigginton agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract.

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