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Cubs make deal with ex-Ray official

CHICAGO — Edwin Jackson keeps bouncing around, and he thinks he knows why.

"I think everybody likes me," he said.

The former Rays right-hander might find some stability now that he has a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs.

The team announced the move Wednesday after reaching an agreement last month, giving the Cubs a durable starter as they try to dig themselves out from a 101-loss season.

Jackson, 29, is on his eighth team in 11 years, including a run with the crosstown White Sox, and is 70-71 lifetime with a 4.40 ERA. He made the All-Star team with the Tigers in 2009 and pitched a no-hitter (against the Rays) for the Diamondbacks in 2010. He has also played for the Dodgers, Cardinals and Nationals, going 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA for NL East champion Washington last season.

He has made at least 31 starts in each of the past six seasons and exceeded 180 innings the past five.

PRICE DEAL: The Rays officially announced they avoided arbitration with Cy Young-winning left-hander David Price by agreeing to a one-year, $10.1125 million deal.

Price, 27, will earn more than double the $4.35 million he made last season, when he went 20-5 with a league-leading 2.56 ERA. Price, a three-time All-Star, was in his second year of arbitration eligibility and will be a free agent after the 2015 season.

The deadline to exchange figures in arbitration cases is Jan. 18, with the Rays still having four such players remaining: right-hander Jeff Niemann, outfielders Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce and infielder Ryan Roberts.

JONES DIVORCE: The wife of former Braves star Andruw Jones filed for divorce about a week after she accused him of grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her, according to a court document. Nicole Jones said their 10-year marriage is "irretrievably broken," according to the divorce complaint.

INDIANS: A one-year deal with right-hander Brett Myers is worth $7 million, cbssports.com reported.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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