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Last Update on December 01, 2015 01:38 GMT


DETROIT (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has finalized a $110 million, five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.

Zimmermann gets $18 million in each of the next two seasons, $24 million in 2018 and $25 million in each of the final two years. He has a full-no trade provision through 2018, then can be dealt to 10 teams without his permission during 2019-20.

The 29-year-old right-hander went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for Washington, striking out 164 with 39 walks. The previous year, he went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA.

Detroit will forfeit its second-round pick in June's amateur draft and Washington will gain a compensation selection, No. 38 overall.

In other baseball doings:

-- Reliever Jim Johnson is returning to the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract. That bolsters an Atlanta bullpen that didn't have anyone with double-figure saves last season. Johnson saved nine games for the Braves before he was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline.

-- Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-eer moh-LEE'-nah). The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives $2.5 million in each of the next two seasons.

-- A person familiar with the discussions says Barry Bonds is talking with the Miami Marlins about working for them as a hitting coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the discussions haven't been confirmed publicly.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) has reportedly turned down a $120 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks. A person with knowledge of the situation says Cueto, who pitched for the Royals after a mid-season trade with Cincinnati, rejected a six-year offer.

The Diamondbacks met with Cueto and his representative last week, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the offer had not been made public.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- The bottom feeders of the AFC North are playing tonight in Cleveland as the Browns entertain the Ravens. Baltimore is 3-7 while the Browns are 2-8. One of Cleveland's two victories came at the expense of the Ravens when the Browns won in Baltimore, 33-30, in overtime on Oct. 11.

Baltimore backup quarterback Matt Schaub is making his first start of the season as the replacement for injured Joe Flacco (FLAK'-oh). Josh McCown returns to the Browns starting quarterback role after the demotion of Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') for another off-field misstep. McCown passed for a franchise-record 457 yards against the Ravens earlier this season.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins have dismissed offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. The move by interim coach Dan Campbell came a day after the Dolphins lost to the Jets 38-20. The Dolphins have scored less than 21 points in each of their past five games.

Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor has been named the team's primary playcaller.

In other NFL news:

-- New York Jets cornerback Marcus Williams has a sprained knee ligament that could keep him out against the Giants next Sunday. Williams started in the Jets' 38-20 win over Miami in place of Darrelle (duh-REHL') Revis, who is still going through the NFL's concussion protocol. Bowles says Revis has made "slight progress," but it's too early to tell if he'll be available. Revis needs to be cleared for physical activities before he can practice or play.

-- The NFL has moved the Dec. 13 game between New England and Houston to prime time. Switched from the Sunday night game to a day game is Seattle at Baltimore.


UNDATED (AP) -- Kentucky stays at the top of this week's The Associated Press men's basketball poll. The Wildcats are off to a 6-0 start and got 59 of the first place votes. Second-ranked Maryland, which is also unbeaten after six games, received four first place nods while third-ranked Michigan State, which is 7-0, got the remaining two.

Rounding out the top-five this week are Kansas and Iowa State. The second five consists of Oklahoma, Duke, Villanova, North Carolina and Virginia.


UNDATED (AP) -- Top-ranked Kentucky is playing Illinois State as part of a limited schedule in Top 25 men's basketball. The Wildcats take a 6-0 record into the meeting with the 3-4 Redbirdis. Illinois State gave second- ranked Maryland all it could handle six days ago, leading with six minutes to go, before falling to the Terrapins on the road.

No. 15 Oregon is home to Fresno State in the only other game on the schedule.


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