Free agent Eric Chavez reached an agreement on a one-year contract to remain with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.
Chavez, 36, hit .281 with nine homers and 44 RBIs in 80 games for Arizona last season. The former A's third baseman also had two stints on the disabled list. A person familiar with the situation says San Diego agreed with former Detroit closer Joaquin Benoit, 35, on a $15.5 million, two-year contract. The deal is pending a physical. Cleveland acquired former A's left-hander Josh Outman from Colorado for outfielder Drew Stubbs. The Indians' signing of free agent David Murphy made Stubbs expendable. The Rockies also reacquired left-hander Franklin Morales from Boston for infielder Jonathan Herrera. The Los Angeles Angels agreed to terms with former Seattle Mariner Raul Ibanez on a $2.75 million, one-year contract plus incentives. Looking for catching depth after losing Brian McCann to free agency, Atlanta acquired Ryan Doumit from Minnesota for minor league pitcher Sean Gilmartin. Evan Gattis is projected as the Braves' primary catcher. Former Tampa Bay pitcher Roberto Hernandez and Philadelphia completed a $4.5 million, one-year contract. Seattle re-signed oft-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a $1 million, one-year contract. Pittsburgh agreed to terms with ex-Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa on a minor league deal. The New York Yankees set a salary record, while Houston had the lowest average in the major leagues in 14 years. The overall average rose 5.4 percent in 2013 to a record $3.39 million, according to the players association. The Yankees had the highest average for the 15th straight season at $8.17 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers were second at $7.82 million. The Astros' average was $549,603. A Florida appeals court ruled Major League Baseball can take a deposition from Alex Rodriguez's cousin as part of the sport's lawsuit involving banned substances. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled Yuri Sucart must submit to a deposition.
Washington confirmed it's looking into recruiting allegations against an assistant coach after a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Huskies are investigating whether Tosh Lupoi violated NCAA rules by paying for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit. Andrew Basham of Lynnwood High (Wash.) signed a letter of intent with Washington in February, but didn't qualify academically to enroll. Lupoi spent two seasons at Washington after four years at Cal. Bowling Green hired Eastern Illinois' Dino Babers as coach. Dave Clawson led Bowling Green to a Mid-American title before leaving for Wake Forest earlier this month.
Real Salt Lake promoted assistant Jeff Cassar to replace Jason Kreis, who quit to become coach of the expansion New York City FC. Montreal hired former Chicago coach Frank Klopas as coach and director of player personnel. A labor court allowed construction to resume at the World Cup stadium where a man fell 115 feet to his death Sunday in Manaus, Brazil. Arena Amazonia will host four World Cup matches in June, including U.S.-Portugal.
Novak Djokovic said Boris Becker, 46, will join his staff as head coach. "He is a true legend," Djokovic said of the six-time Grand Slam champion.