ATLANTA (AP) — A person familiar with the talks says the Atlanta Braves and first baseman Freddie Freeman have reached an agreement on an eight-year deal worth about $125 million. The completion of the deal is subject to a physical. The 24-year-old Freeman was an All-Star last year, when he hit .319 with 23 homers and 109 RBIs.
NEW YORK (AP) — Reliever Kyle Farnsworth has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and will report to spring training as a non-roster player. Utility player Jeff Baker has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Marlins. And Seattle’s Logan Morrison has avoided arbitration and agreed to a $1.75 million contract for the upcoming season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Bulls center Joakim (JOH’-keem) Noah has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for yelling at the officials after he was ejected from a game at Sacramento. Noah received two technical fouls in less than three minutes during the third quarter of Chicago’s 99-70 loss on Monday night. The All-Star gestured at the referees and yelled obscenities as he was escorted off the court at the 7:40 mark.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. security officials are telling President Barack Obama that all appropriate steps are being taken to keep Americans safe at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The White House says Obama directed his team to work closely with Russia and others to make the Sochi Games safe. Some lawmakers have raised concerns about safety at the Olympics and cooperation with Russia, although FBI Director James Comey (KOH’-mee) told a Senate panel last month U.S. cooperation with the Russian Security Service has improved.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit City Council has voted 6-3 to approve transferring vacant city-owned parcels for a new hockey arena and a 45-block entertainment complex just north of downtown in the Motor City. Once complete, the 18,000-seat arena will become home to the Detroit Red Wings, who will move out of Joe Louis Arena.