BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a one-year contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder. The 29-year old saw a drop in his production last year, finishing with a .271 average, four home runs and 26 RBIs. He will make $9 million, a year after making $8.05 million.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached agreement on terms for a one-year, $4.265 million contract with right-hander Ian Kennedy, avoiding arbitration with the team's No. 1 starter from a year ago. Kennedy was 15-12 with a 4.02 ERA last season, with a team-high 187 strikeouts. He had earned $519,000 last season.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Logan Ondrusek and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $2.35 million, two-year contract, avoiding arbitration. The right-handed reliever went 5-2 with a 3.46 ERA and two saves last season. He gets $950,000 this year and $1.35 million in 2014 under the deal.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians signed All-Star closer Chris Perez to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration with the right-hander. Perez will earn $7.3 million next season. He had 39 saves last season, and 98 over the past three seasons.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith was free on bond Friday after his arrest on a charge of carrying a loaded gun at Atlanta's airport. A police spokesman says a.38-caliber handgun was found in his carry-on bag.
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