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The St. Louis Cardinals invested in Allen Craig for the future, signing the first baseman-outfielder to a five-year contract with a club option for 2018.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Craig is guaranteed to earn $31 million over the term of the contract.

Craig batted .307 with 22 home runs and 92 RBI last season in 119 games after returning from off-season knee surgery.

His .400 batting average with runners in scoring position led the major leagues last year, his first season as a full-time starter.

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Cardinal shortstop Rafael Furcal, who reinjured his elbow making a sidearm throw in a camp drill, is scheduled to have Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on Wednesday, according to the Post-Dispatch.

He will be lost for six to eight months. His next game probably will be in the Dominican winter league next offseason, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Pete Kozma, who replaced Furcal when the latter suffered a torn ligament last Aug. 30, will have the job again.

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has declared himself ready to play now that his broken left ankle is "100 percent healed."

The next step is to play a spring-training game. Manager Joe Girardi has said Jeter would start as a designed hitter and likely be limited to two at-bats initially. His first action could come this weekend or Monday.

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is working on a one-year contract. The 68-year-old has no plans to retire after this season, regardless of whether the Tigers win the World Series or not, according to

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