Monday's Sports in Brief

The Associated Press Published:

BASEBALL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez will start the season in what's become a familiar place: the disabled list.

The New York Yankees said the third baseman will have surgery on his left hip, an injury that could sideline him until the All-Star break and may explain his spectacularly poor performance during the playoffs.

A 14-time All-Star and baseball's priciest player at $275 million, Rodriguez has a torn labrum, bone impingement and a cyst. He will need four to six weeks of physical therapy to strengthen the hip before surgery, and the team anticipates he will be sidelined four to six months after the operation.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Adding offense following a disappointing season, the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract with catcher Mike Napoli, a person familiar with the deal said.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Giants and free-agent center fielder Angel Pagan agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract as the winter meetings got under way in Nashville, Tenn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the negotiations says first baseman James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract.

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