Rangers finalize 3-year, $14.4M contract with Elvis Andrus

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Columnist Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News passes along the season-by-season financial breakdown of Elvis Andrus’ new three-year, $14.4 million contract extension with the Rangers:

2012: $2.375 million
2013: $4.8 million
2014: $6.475 million

The agreement, which also comes with a $750,000 signing bonus, covers Andrus through all three of his years of arbitration eligibility. He can test the free agent market in the winter of 2014 if not re-upped.

Andrus, 23, batted .279/.347/.361 with 60 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 150 games last season.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.