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 width=>>Latest Cuban Prospect Headed To Red Sox

Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada is reportedly heading to the Boston Red Sox.

According to MLB.com, the 19-year-old shortstop has agreed to a contract for about $30 million.

However, the deal would then actually cost the Red Sox a total of $60 million because the team will be penalized for exceeding Major League Baseball's bonus pool for international signings.

Boston had already surpassed the bonus limit before the agreement with Moncada, thus incurring a penalty of a 100-percent tax.

Moncada reportedly worked out for numerous teams over the past few weeks. He began playing for Cienfuegos of Cuba's Serie Nacional team at age 17 and hit .277 over parts of two seasons.

>>Ranger Pick Up Option on Beltre

The Texas Rangers announced Monday they have formally extended All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre's contract through the 2016 season.

The Rangers picked up the option for the final year of a six-year, $96 million deal Beltre signed on Jan. 5, 2011.

According to MLB.com, the Rangers had the right to void the last year of the contract if Beltre failed to get a combined 1,200 plate appearances in 2014-15 or 600 in 2015. He had 614 place appearances last season.

Beltre, 35, tied for the major league lead in hits two seasons ago with 199. He batted .324 with a .388 on-base percentage, 19 home runs and 77 RBI over 148 games last year.

The four-time Gold Glove winner has played for Texas since 2011, hitting .315 with a .369 on-base percentage, 117 homers and 376 RBI in 589 games.

He ranks fifth among active players with 395 homers and third with 2,604 hits in 17 seasons with the Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox and Rangers.

>>Arod Reports To Yankees Camp

Alex Rodriguez might be trying to show a less combative side, as the most controversial player currently on a major league roster reported to New York Yankees spring training -- three days before position players are required to report.

The 39-year-old veteran arrived at the Yankees minor league facility in the early afternoon on Monday and was later fielding grounders at third base, a position that will likely be filled by Chase Headley, who re-signed with New York in the offseason.

The three-time AL MVP also took batting practice and later spoke to the media in an informal session and said he is not currently on any illegal performance enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal and retaliated by suing Major League Baseball and the Yankees. He has since dropped his lawsuits.

At the time of his suspension, which was the longest in league history for PED use, and during his appeal, he denied any wrongdoing. However, last week he met with team officials and later issued a hand-written apology for his actions.

Now back, he anticipates needing time to get back into game shape and get his timing at the plate, but noted that the time off benefited him because he got a chance to train as opposed to rehab.

Rodriguez has three years and $60 million remaining on his contract. In the 2013 season, he played in just 44 games due to injury and hit .244 with seven homers and 19 RBI. Since the start of the 2011 campaign, Rodriguez has just 41 homers and he hasn't hit over .280 since 2009.

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