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Yankees clarify A-Rod’s role

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NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is no longer considered an everyday player by the New York Yankees. General manager Brian Cashman says that Rodriguez, who missed last season after being suspended by baseball, will solely be a designated hitter.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Cashman said even before the suspension, Rodriguez “wasn’t the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side.”

Also in the majors:

— The Colorado Rockies have signed free-agent infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract. Descalso played all four infield positions for St. Louis last season, batting .242 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 161 at-bats over 104 games.

— Left-hander Chris Capuano is staying with the Yankees. A person familiar with the negotiations says the two-sides have agreed on a one-year, $5 million contract.

— The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from Tampa Bay for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. Joyce hit .254 with nine homers last season, while Jepsen pitched 65 innings and had 75 strikeouts with a 2.63 ERA.

— A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Miami Marlins and first baseman Mike Morse have come to terms on a two-year, $17 million deal. Morse hit .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs for the Giants last season.

— The Chicago White Sox have announced a three-year, $42 million contract agreement with free agent Melky Cabrera. The outfielder is a career .286 hitter with 88 home runs and 520 runs batted in.

— Jed Lowrie has rejoined the Houston Astros after playing with Oakland for two seasons. Lowrie agreed to a three-year, $23 million contract.

— The Dodgers and pitcher Brandon McCarthy have finalized a four-year contract. The 31-year-old McCarthy was 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts for the New York Yankees last season after being acquired from Arizona in July.

— The Royals have finalized a $17 million, two-year deal with veteran Kendrys Morales, who becomes the team’s designated hitter. Morales hit just .218 with eight home runs playing for the Twins and Mariners last season.

— The Los Angeles Dodgers have sent minor-league outfielder Noel Cuevas to the Colorado Rockies to complete their trade for right-hander Juan Nicasio last month.


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