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Cubs reportedly reach deal with pitcher Edwin Jackson

| Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, 6:44 p.m.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the Chicago Cubs agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Edwin Jackson.

The person spoke Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Several outlets had previously reported the agreement.

The Cubs will be the eighth team in 11 years for the 29-year-old Jackson, who also pitched for the White Sox. He is 70-71 lifetime with a 4.40 ERA. He was 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA for Washington last season.

The Cubs also were trying to reach a deal with pitcher Carlos Villanueva.

• Former All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, plugging the final hole in the team's projected lineup following a payroll purge. The 37-year-old, who can earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses, battled injuries this year and hit .257 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 90 games with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 15-year veteran is a career .299 hitter with 103 homers.

• The Texas Rangers reportedly agreed to sign free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The deal is pending a physical and terms aren't immediately available, though multiple reports indicate it's a one-year deal. Pierzynski, 35, hit .278 with 27 homers, 77 RBI and 68 runs last season in 135 games for the White Sox.

• The Phillies and reliever Mike Adams finalized a $12 million, two-year contract. The 34-year-old right-hander is expected to fill the eighth-inning role for the Phillies. He was 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA last season for the Texas Rangers.

• Right-hander Mike Pelfrey and the Minnesota Twins finalized a $4 million, one-year contract. The 28-year-old made just three starts for the New York Mets last season and had elbow ligament-replacement surgery May 1. He went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA in seven seasons with the Mets.

• Right-handed reliever Yoshinori Tateyama agreed to a minor league contract to remain with the Texas Rangers. The deal announced Thursday includes an invitation to major league spring training camp. Tateyama made 53 appearances for the Rangers during the past two seasons after pitching professionally the previous 11 years in Japan.

— Wire reports

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