Reliever Tyler Clippard agreed Monday to a $12.25 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal with the right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, adds a late-game option for the Diamondbacks, who expect to be a contender after boosting their rotation by signing Zack Greinke and acquiring Shelby Miller in a trade with Atlanta. Clippard was 5-4 wth a 2.92 ERA last year with the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets, holding batters to a .186 average, 10th-best in the majors.
Major League Baseball player Delmon Young was arrested after authorities say he choked and threatened a parking attendant at a Miami hotel. A police report says the former Baltimore Oriole and current free agent grabbed the attendant's neck and called him a ''stupid Cuban'' Sunday night. The attendant told police he had refused to let Young on an elevator to a club at the Viceroy Miami, because the club was closed.
Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure of Yulieski and his brother Loudes was confirmed by Granma, the Communist Party newspaper in Cuba that serves as an outlet for official government statements. The elder Yulieski has been one of the Cuban players most highly praised by MLB scouts since he played in his first World Baseball Classic in 2006.