Signed Utility player Willie Bloomquist officially signed a two-year contract with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, bringing him back to the team with which he started his major league career. Bloomquist spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last season with Arizona, he appeared in 48 games and had 139 at-bats. The 36-year-old Bloomquist spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Mariners.
• The Minnesota Twins signed former New York Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes to a $24 million, three-year contract. The Twins reached agreement with Hughes last week. Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA last season.
Agreed Two people familiar with the situation say free-agent infielder Rafael Furcal and the Miami Marlins have agreed to terms on a contract. In addition, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia reportedly passed his physical, and his $21 million, three-year contract with Miami was finalized.
Offered Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has been offered a four-month contract by the Italian federation for American football. A federation spokesman tells The AP that the offer to play the Italian season beginning in March is for $270,000.
Traded The Brewers traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to Kansas City, a move that likely means Ryan Braun will move from left to right field. Milwaukee acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from K.C. in exchange for Aoki.
Awarded Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee was selected Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player, capping a career season with the top individual prize.
• Duke’s David Cutcliffe was selected coach of the year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Cutcliffe has led Duke (10-2) to a school record for victories and their first appearance in the ACC title game.
Announced Skier Lindsey Vonn said she will race today at Lake Louise, Alberta, in a World Cup downhill, her first competition in 10 months. It will be her first race since a high-speed crash at the world championships in February, when she tore two ligaments in her right knee and broke a bone in her lower leg.