MLB Notes: Ankiel agrees with Nationals for $1.5 million
Outfielder Rick Ankiel and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract.
The deal announced Monday includes $1.25 million in performance bonuses: $200,000 each for 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 plate appearances, and $250,000 if he makes 375.
The 30-year-old left-handed hitter batted .232 with six homers and 24 RBIs this season with Kansas City and Atlanta.
Hudson, Padres agree
The San Diego Padres have finalized their $11.5 million, two-year contract with second baseman Orlando Hudson.
The 33-year-old Hudson needed to pass a physical exam.
Nolasco returns to Marlins
The Florida Marlins may have a starting pitcher for Game 2 in their new ballpark.
Right-hander Ricky Nolasco has agreed to a $26.5 million, three-year contract to remain with the Marlins, a person familiar with the negotiations said.
Nolasco gets $6 million next season, $9 million in 2012 and $11.5 million in 2013.
Around the bases
Reliever Jesse Crain and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $13 million, three-year contract. Craig gets $4 million this year and $4.5 million in each of the following two seasons under the agreement. … After finalizing a contract with Houston, Bill Hall can be known as the Astros’ starting second baseman. Hall received a $3.25 million, one-year contract from Houston that includes a $4 million mutual option for 2012. … Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader who is banned from baseball, will manage a rookie league team for the Chicago White Sox in Bristol, Va., in the Appalachian League.