Alex Rodriguez to undergo hip surgery on January 16

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MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch passes along news from the Yankees:

The Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million free agent contract early last month and will feature him as their starting third baseman through at least the first half of the 2013 season.

A-Rod’s owed $28 million in 2013, $25 million in 2014, $21 million in 2015, and $20 million in 2016 and 2017.

Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs’ pitching coach

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Jim Hickey has stepped down as the pitching coach due to personal reasons. The club will begin a search for a replacement.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement, “Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well.”

Hickey, 57, spent over a decade as a coach in the Rays organization before joining the Cubs for the past season, reuniting with Joe Maddon. The Cubs’ starting staff ranked 10th among all 30 teams with a 3.84 ERA and the bullpen posted an NL-best 3.35 ERA.