FORMER PHILLIES All-Star third baseman

Placido Polanco

agreed to a 1-year, $2.75 million contract Thursday 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 Phillies. The 15-year veteran, who has a home in Miami, is a career .299 hitter with 103 homers.

Polanco was chosen to start in the All-Star Game for the second time in 2011, but went only 10-for-58 (.172) after June 30 this year. The Phillies declined a $5.5 million option on Polanco after the season, and he received a $1 million buyout.

In other baseball news:

* The Texas Rangers agreed to a 1-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, multiple media outlets reported. Pierzynski batted .278 with 27 homers this year for the Chicago White Sox.

* The Chicago Cubs reportedly agreed to a 4-year, $52 million contract with righthander Edwin Jackson, who went 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA for Washington.

Philly File * 

St. Joseph's Prep football coach

Gabe Infante

will be an assistant for the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The Jan. 5 game in San Antonio (1 p.m., NBC), will feature 90 of the nation's best seniors.

Olympics * 

Larry Probst

was unanimously elected to a second 4-year term as chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee by the USOC's board.

* The Italian Olympic Committee requested a 4-year doping ban for race walker Alex Schwazer, who won the 50-kilometer event at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Sport Stops * 

Michael Phelps


LeBron James

in voting for the

Associated Press

male athlete of the year, the second time Phelps has won the award.

* The NHL announced its latest round of cancellations because of the labor fight with the players, wiping out all games through Jan. 14.

Mikaela Shiffrin won a night slalom in Are, Sweden, edging Frida Hansdotter for her first World Cup victory. Shiffrin, 17, has been touted as the next American ski star.

* Chapter Seven was voted harness racing's Horse of the Year.