Report: Padres, Garland agree to terms

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UPDATE: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal has the financial details: Garland will earn $4.7MM in 2010 and can earn $6.75MM on a mutual option for 2011. The option has a $600,000 buyout.
5:25pm: Padres president Tom Garfinkel said Tuesday that the Padres have signed free agent Jon Garland. The terms of the deal were not available.
It’s a surprising move from an organization that seemed unlikely to spend the money to add a significant free agent this winter. Garland was certainly seeking to match or exceed the $7.25 million guarantee he received from the Diamondbacks last winter. The 30-year-old right-hander will continue his tour of the NL West after going11-13 with a 4.01 ERA for Arizona and the Dodgers.
Garland joins a rotation set to include Kevin Correia and Chris Young, if healthy. Clayton Richard has the clear edge on another spot, so there might be just one opening available for top youngster Mat Latos, Sean Gallagher and Tim Stauffer.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.