The Los Angeles Dodgers added another player from Cuba, agreeing to a $62.5 million, six-year contract with infielder Hector Olivera, agent Greg Genske said Tuesday.
The agreement includes a $28 million signing bonus, Genske said.
Olivera, said to be 29, was on the Cuban team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. He also played for his country at the 2009 World Baseball Classic, where he hit .313 and played second base.
He will have some company as he joins an organization that already has a strong Cuban presence with all-star outfielder Yasiel Puig, infielder Alex Guerrero, and shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was recently optioned to the Dodgers' minor-league camp.
The Tampa Bay Rays will honor former longtime senior adviser Don Zimmer by retiring uniform No. 66 before their April 6 season opener against Baltimore.
Zimmer spent 11 years with the Rays, from 2004 to 2014. It was his longest stint in his 66 years with 14 major-league teams as a player, coach, manager, or adviser.
Zimmer was 83 when he died June 4, 2014. Three days later, the Rays and Seattle Mariners wore Zimmer's No. 23 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey in a pregame tribute at Tropicana Field.
The Rays have retired only two other numbers. Wade Boggs' No. 12 was retired in 1999, and Jackie Robinson's No. 42 was retired by all teams in 1997.
The Minnesota Twins gave second baseman Brian Dozier a new contract, covering his eligibility for salary arbitration in the coming years.
The deal wasn't long enough to affect his timing of free agency, but Dozier sounded as though he's never planning to be on the open market. Minnesota has quickly become a place he's comfortable playing, despite never experiencing a winning season in his major-league career.
Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to start the Yankees' opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia's streak of six straight opening day starts for New York.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia's next exhibition start will be Saturday, which lines up the 34-year-old lefthander to face the Blue Jays April 8.
Alex Gonzalez, a well-regarded Texas prospect bidding for a spot in the Rangers' starting rotation, has been assigned to the club's minor-league camp.
The announcement Tuesday came a day after the 23-year-old righthander allowed two runs, four hits, and two walks in five innings against Cincinnati. He struck out six.