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MLB notebook: Correia likely won't be back with Pirates

| Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, 8:54 p.m.
Christopher Horner
Pirates pitcher Kevin Correia delivers against the Braves on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at PNC Park. (Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review)
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Kevin Correia throws to a Milwaukee Brewers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)
Christopher Horner
Pirates pitcher Kevin Correia delivers against the Marlins Friday July 20, 2012 at PNC Park. Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review

Right-hander Kevin Correia will test free agency and isn't likely to return to the Pirates, agent Damon Lapa told the Tribune-Review on Friday.

Correia, 32, went 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA in 32 appearances, including 28 starts.

In 2011, he was an All-Star and the Pirates' Opening Day starter.

Red Sox, Ortiz strike $26M deal

A baseball official with knowledge of the negotiations said the Red Sox agreed to a $26 million, two-year contract with designated hitter David Ortiz.

Bonuses could raise the total to $30 million, the official said.

Ortiz was a free agent and able to discuss money with all teams at midnight Friday. The Red Sox made him a $13.3 million qualifying offer, but the sides continued negotiating and reached an agreement a few hours later.

Ortiz batted .318 with 23 homers and 60 RBI while missing almost half the season due to a strained right Achilles tendon.

Orioles' Adams suspended

Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams was suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.

The 25-year-old Adams played in 29 big league games for the Orioles in 2011 and spent most of last season with Triple-A Norfolk. He was on Baltimore's 40-man roster at the time of the test.

Adams was assigned outright on Sept. 14 to Norfolk, where he hit .224 with four homers, 18 doubles and 20 RBI in 65 games this year. He was an All-Star two years ago in the Double-A Eastern League.

Since infielder Neifi Perez was suspended twice and outfielder Mike Cameron once for banned stimulants in 2007, the only major league player other than Adams penalized for a stimulant violation was Milwaukee pitcher Mark Rogers in August 2011.

Cubs-Angels trade falls apart

The Cubs told closer Carlos Marmol the proposed trade to send him to the Angels for pitcher Dan Haren fell apart, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.

Marmol's contract gives him the right to submit a list of up to five teams he can't be traded to without his consent. The person said Marmol told the Cubs he would consent to the trade, but wouldn't say whether the reliever provided his written consent.

The Angels had until midnight Friday to exercise Haren's $15.5 million option for next season. He had a $3.5 million buyout. The 32-year-old right-hander went 12-13 with a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 30 starts this year.

Yanks' trio given $13.3M offers

The Yankees' trio of Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano were among nine free agents who received $13.3 million qualifying offers.

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, Rays outfielder B.J. Upton, Braves outfielder Michael Bourne, Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse also got the offers Friday.

Players have until Nov. 9 to accept the one-year contracts.

If a player turns the offer down and signs elsewhere, his former team would receive an extra selection immediately following the end of the first round of next June's amateur draft.

Dodgers reliever Guerra has shoulder surgery

Dodgers reliever Javy Guerra had right shoulder surgery.

The team said the arthroscopic procedure on his pitching shoulder cleaned up bursitis and a joint at the top of the shoulder. Guerra will start throwing in six weeks and is expected to be ready by spring training.

Guerra had right knee surgery June 5 to repair torn cartilage after being hit in the face by a line drive.

He also was sidelined with a strained oblique muscle for part of the season.

The right-hander was 2-3 with a 2.60 ERA in 45 games this season

Morgan declines minor league assignment

The Brewers said former Pirates outfielder Nyjer Morgan declined his minor league assignments and elected to become a free agent.

Morgan was outrighted to Nashville on Thursday. He hit .304 while helping Milwaukee win the NL Central in 2011 but slumped to .239 this year, and the Brewers failed to make the playoffs.

Astros unveil new look for 1st season in AL

The Astros unveiled new uniforms, getting rid of the brick red they have worn since 2000 and returning to the orange and navy blue used for most of the franchise's existence.

The new look coincides with Houston's move from the National League to the American League for 2013.

The color scheme is the same used from 1962-93. They're also using the logo from that era — an orange star with a white ‘H' in front of it.

White Sox promote Bell

The White Sox promoted Buddy Bell to vice president/assistant general manager.

In his new role, Bell will assist with major league roster and staffing decisions and undertake amateur and special assignment scouting assignments in addition to maintaining his current responsibility of overseeing the Sox player development system.

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