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Pitchers Volquez, Dickey avoid arbitration: MLB

Among the deals announced Monday in Major League Baseball, right-hander Edinson Volquez and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,625,000 US that avoided salary arbitration, while knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and the New York Mets agreed to a two-year, $7.8 million deal.

Yankees reportedly add right-hander Garcia

Right-hander Edinson Volquez and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,625,000 US.

The deal, which avoided salary arbitration, includes $50,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 24 and 28 starts.

Cincinnati offered a multiyear deal to Volquez, who returned from reconstructive elbow surgery last season.

The 27-year-old returned from elbow surgery last August and went 4-3 with a 4.31 ERA in 12 starts, getting better as he went along. He made $445,000.

Volquez was the last Reds player in arbitration.

Dickey, Mets reach deal

Pitcher R.A. Dickey and the New York Mets have agreed to a $7.8 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

The 36-year-old knuckleballer, who revived his career last season, gets a $1 million signing bonus, $2.25 million this year and $4.25 million in 2012 under Monday's agreement. The Mets have a $5 million option for 2013 with a $300,000 buyout.

Brought up from the minor leagues in mid-May, Dickey went 11-9 with a 2.84 ERA last year.

Outfielder Angel Pagan is the last Mets player in arbitration.

Yankees reach minor league deal with Garcia: report

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent pitcher Freddy Garcia and the New York Yankees have reached a deal on a minor league contract.

The person spoke to the AP on Monday night on condition of anonymity because the deal has not officially been announced.

The 35-year-old Garcia went 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 starts last season for the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander is a two-time all-star and has a career record of 133-87 in 12 seasons with Seattle, Philadelphia, Detroit and the White Sox.

The Yankees are still waiting to hear whether Andy Pettitte will pitch for them this year. Last week they reached a deal with former Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon on a minor league contract.

Hill hooks on with Marlins

Canadian right-hander Shawn Hill has signed a minor-league contract with the Florida Marlins and received an invitation to spring training.

The native of Mississauga, Ont., underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery for the second time in June 2009. He returned last September and went 1-2 with a 2.61 ERA in four late-season starts for Toronto.

Hill has a 9-18 record in 44 career starts with four teams.

Infielder Greg Dobbs also signed a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Dobbs batted .196 in 88 games with Philadelphia last year. He is a career .260 hitter with 31 homers and 64 pinch-hits in seven big league seasons.

Duchscherer lands with Orioles: report

A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Baltimore Orioles and right-hander Justin Duchscherer have reached agreement on a one-year contract.

The deal is pending the completion of a physical, the person said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement is not yet final.

The 33-year-old Duchscherer is 33-25 with a 3.13 ERA over eight seasons with Texas and Oakland. he pitched in only five games in April last year before surgery on his left hip.

Duchscherer missed the entire 2009 season because of an elbow injury and clinical depression.

The two-time All-Star is expected to provide a veteran presence in a rotation that includes three players with fewer than 50 career starts: Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen and Jake Arrieta.

Betancourt, Mariners rework deal

Reliever Rafael Betancourt has become the fifth non-free agent to get a multiyear contract from the Colorado Rockies this off-season.

The right-hander, who already was slated to make $3,775,000 this year, will earn $4 million in 2012 under a new contract agreed to with the Rockies. The deal includes a $4.25 mutual option in 2013 with a $250,000 buyout.

The agreement was first reported by ESPN Deportes and is contingent on Betancourt passing a physical when he reports to spring training.

Betancourt, who turns 36 in April, went 5-1 with a 3.61 ERA last season.

He is the latest non-free agent to receive a multiyear contract from the Rockies this off-season, joining star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, slugger Carlos Gonzalez, reliever Matt Lindstrom and starting pitcher Jason Hammel.

Mariners add Wright

The Seattle Mariners have signed right-handed pitcher Jamey Wright as a minor league free agent and invited him to spring training.

Seattle signed Wright on Monday. He becomes the 21st non-roster invitee to Mariners spring training, which begins with the first full-squad workout on Feb. 14.

The 36-year-old Wright appeared in 28 games last season with the Mariners. He was 0-1 with a 3.41 ERA with Seattle and also appeared in 18 games with Cleveland early in the year.

For his career, Wright has appeared in 466 games with eight different teams.

Braves, Lopez agree to minor league deal

Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves and will join the team in spring training.

The 35-year-old was 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He pitched 200 innings, the second-highest total of his career, in his first full season since elbow ligament-replacement surgery in 2007.

Lopez, a native of Mexico, is 75-82 in nine seasons with five teams. He will try to make the Braves as the No. 5 starter.

Atlanta's rotation includes Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens. Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy are top candidates to be the No. 5 starter. Kris Medlen, recovering from elbow surgery, is expected to miss at least most of the season.

The deal was announced Monday.