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Sox Sign Bonifacio; Hall of Fame Inductees Announced Today

 width=>>White Sox Sign Emilio Bonifacio

(Chicago, IL) -- Utilityman Emilio Bonifacio [[ bone-ih-FAH-see-oh ]] is heading back to the city of Chicago. FOX Sports reports the White Sox and Bonifacio have agreed to a one-year, four-million-dollar contract, with a club option for the 2016 season. The 29-year-old hit .259 with three homers and 26 stolen bases in 110 games between the Cubs and Atlanta Braves last season.

>>Report: Shields Has 110-Million-Dollar Offer

(Undated) -- Free-agent pitcher James Shields apparently has a lucrative contract offer on the table, we just don't know from which team. FOX Sports reports an unnamed club has offered the 33-year-old right-hander a five-year, 110-million-dollar deal. According to the report, some league executives say that kind of contract would leave a lot of teams out of the running. Shields has thrown eight consecutive seasons of at least 200 innings. He went 14-and-8 with a 3.21 ERA last year with Kansas City, helping the Royals reach the World Series. Shields received a qualifying offer from KC in November, so the Royals would receive draft pick compensation from any team that signs him.

>>"Big Unit," Pedro Headline 2015 Hall Of Fame Eligibles

(Cooperstown, NY) -- The 2015 Class for the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be revealed today. Among the new players eligible this year are pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, along with outfielder Gary Sheffield and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. Johnson was a five-time Cy Young winner who won 303 games over 22 seasons. Martinez won 219 games over 18 years, but his .687 winning-percentage is the sixth best in major league history. Smoltz had 213 wins and 154 saves in 21 seasons. Sheffield was a nine-time All-Star who hit .292 with 509 home runs in 22 seasons. Garciaparra was a six-time All-Star who hit .313 for his career and was the 1997 American League Rookie of the Year. Craig Biggio [[ BEE-jee -oh ]] is the top returning player on the ballot. The Houston Astros infielder/outfielder just missed the cut the last two years. Those with enough votes this time will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 26th.

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