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Thu., Jan. 23, 2014

Agreed The New York Mets have agreed to a one-year contract with Lucas Duda worth $1,637,500. Duda hit .223 with 15 homers, 33 RBIs and 102 strikeouts in 318 at-bats last year. The first baseman-outfielder was sidelined from late June until late August because of a strained muscle between his ribs.

• Free-agent lefty reliever Eric O’Flaherty has agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with Oakland. O’Flaherty went 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 appearances before his season ended May 17 and he had elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

Signed The Red Sox have signed three-time All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year contract. Sizemore, 31, has played eight major league seasons, all with the Indians.

Acquired The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Logan Forsythe, pitcher Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers from the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitchers Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn. The Rays also received pitchers Matt Andriese and Matt Lollis, as well as infielder Maxx Tissenbaum.

Out After making the trip to Aspen, Colo., even making a practice run or two, Shaun White, the 13-time X Games snowboarding titlist, has decided against competing this week. He said the schedule wouldn’t allow him to train the way he wants for the Olympics, where he’ll compete in slopestyle qualifying Feb. 6 – the day before the Opening Ceremony.

Staying The Winter X Games will stay in Aspen, Colo., through 2019. The deal was set to expire after the event this weekend, but ESPN and Aspen Skiing Company announced a five-year extension.

Returning The WNBA All-Star Game will be held in Phoenix for the second time on July 19. The game will be played at US Airways Center, home of the Mercury, and televised by ESPN.

Entered Tennis great Serena Williams has entered the BNP Paribas Open for the first time since 2002, when she won the tournament in Southern California. Williams and older sister Venus have boycotted the event for the last 11 years. In 2002, the sisters were scheduled to meet in the semifinals, but 20 minutes before the match, Venus withdrew and fans booed them. Filed Former NFL and University of Texas QB Vince Young has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The petition was filed last week in a Houston federal bankruptcy court, listing Young with estimated assets between $500,001 and $1 million and liabilities between $1,001,000 and $10 million.


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