CLEVELAND AGREES TO CONTRACT WITH EDWIN ENCARNACION
cleveland» A person familiar with the negotiations says the AL champion Cleveland Indians have agreed to a contract with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.
The sides agreed to terms Thursday night and the deal is contingent upon the 33-year-old Encarnacion passing a physical after the holidays, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an announcement.
Encarnacion had 42 home runs and an AL-high 127 RBIs last season for the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost to Cleveland in the AL Championship Series. Over the past five seasons, he’s averaged 39 homers and 110 RBIs in 145 games.
The signing would bolster the Indians’ lineup and could help get them back to the World Series. Despite being without two starting pitchers, Cleveland took a 3-1 lead in the Series before the Chicago Cubs rallied to win in seven games.
No drone danger in World Cup
B madonna di campiglio, italy »
There were no falling drones to deal with this time, but Marcel Hirscher still can’t catch Henrik Kristoffersen on the slalom hill.
For the second consecutive slalom race this season, and in a result that matched last year’s event on the Canalone Miramonti course, Kristoffersen edged Hirscher.
The Norwegian finished the two runs under the lights 0.33 seconds faster than Hirscher, the five-time defending overall World Cup champion from Austria.
Stefano Gross of Italy finished third, a distant 1.35 seconds behind, and Manfred Moelgg, another Italian, was fourth, 1.45 back.
B pittsburgh » Ivan Nova rejuvenated his career during a solid two-month stint with the Pirates at the end of 2016. The pitcher hopes to build on that with Pittsburgh.
A person with knowledge of the deal said that Nova has agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract to give Pittsburgh’s young rotation an established starter behind ace Gerrit Cole. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.
Pirates sign Nova
B memphis, tenn.» Phil Gagliano, who played for four different teams in a 12-year major league baseball career, has died. He was 74.
Gagliano played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1963-70. He later played for the Chicago Cubs (1970), Boston Red Sox (1971-72) and Cincinnati Reds (1973-74).
Gagliano batted .238 with 14 homers and 159 RBIs in 702 career games. He played in the 1967 and 1968 World Series with the Cardinals. Gagliano was a utility player who primarily played second base and third base.
Gagliano dies at 74 Footnotes.
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