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Tampa Bay Rays near decision on new broadcaster to replace Magrane

The Rays are in the final stages of setting their TV broadcast team and could have an announcement next week. The job of replacing Joe Magrane will be split between the soon-to-be-hired analyst and former pitcher Brian Anderson, who filled in last season.

The Rays had talked to former player Eduardo Perez about the lead analyst job, but he decided to instead sign a new contract with ESPN.

PETTITTE REJOINS YANKS: LHP Andy Pettitte agreed to a $5.5 million, one-year contract to return to New York. Pettitte can make $6.5 million in performance bonuses and bonuses based on time on the active roster. "There was never another team brought up," Pettitte said. "I wanted to come back to the Yankees."

ROYALS LOCK UP ACE: RHP Zack Greinke agreed to a $38 million, four-year deal, avoiding arbitration. Greinke went 13-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 32 starts last season, setting career highs in strikeouts (183) and innings (2021/3). His ERA was the best by a Royals starter in 11 years.

CASEY TO RETIRE: Three-time All-Star 1B Sean Casey plans to announce his retirement today to join the MLB Network.

A'S: Oakland was close to finalizing a one-year contract with RH reliever Russ Springer, a 16-year veteran who had a 2.32 ERA in 70 appearances and 501/3 innings in 2008.

BREWERS: Veteran INF Craig Counsell completed a $1 million, one-year contract after passing a physical.

DODGERS: Veteran C Brad Ausmus finalized a one-year, $1 million contract.

Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.

Tampa Bay Rays near decision on new broadcaster to replace Magrane 01/26/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 12:23am]

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