Big Unit undecided on returning in 2010

Randy Johnson is still weighing his decision about whether to pitch again in 2010 or retire after 22 major league seasons.


Agent Alan Nero , speaking from the winter meetings in Indianapolis, said he expects to know in the coming weeks whether the 46-year-old Johnson will return for another year.

"It depends whether he still has the fire and whether he wants to compete and how he feels," Nero said in a phone interview.

Johnson went 8-6 with a 4.88 ERA in 17 starts and 22 total appearances in 2009 for the San Francisco Giants. He filed for free agency in November, leaving open the possibility of pitching again.

MARINERS: Chone Figgins and Seattle have finalized their $36 million, four-year contract.

The deal for the former Los Angeles Angels sparkplug includes a vesting option for 2014 that could make it worth $45 million over five years.

WHITE SOX: Third baseman Mark Teahen agreed to a $14 million, three-year deal and avoided arbitration.

Acquired from Kansas City on Nov. 6, Teahen will earn $3.75 million next year, $4.75 million in 2011 and $5.5 million in 2012. He had been eligible for free agency after the 2011 season.

Teahen batted .271 with a career-high 34 doubles, 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 144 games with the Royals last season. He made 99 starts at third base, 31 in right field and three at second.

NATIONALS: Ivan Rodriguez reached a preliminary agreement Monday on a $6 million, two-year contract.

The deal is subject to the 38-year-old catcher passing a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final. Rodriguez will receive $3 million each in 2010 and 2011.

CARDINALS: Manager Tony La Russa is confident that Mark McGwire will work out fine as their hitting coach.

La Russa says McGwire is already talking to St. Louis hitters and watching tape. La Russa also said Tuesday he thought McGwire's introductory news conference might be held in the next couple of weeks.

A day earlier, former Cardinals manager and newly elected Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog said he thought McGwire might change his mind and decide against taking the job. Herzog wondered whether McGwire would want to deal with all the inevitable questions about steroids.

But La Russa says he's been talking to McGwire and gets no indication that he wants to back out.

AWARDS: New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia will be presented the Warren Spahn Award at a gala Jan. 26 in Oklahoma City.

Sabathia was chosen as the recipient of the award, given annually to baseball's top left-handed pitcher, after winning a tiebreaker with Wandy Rodriguez of the Houston Astros.

- Bill Madden of the Daily News of New York has won the Hall of Fame's Spink Award for his work as a baseball writer.

His election by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America was announced Tuesday at the winter meetings.

He will be honored at the Hall's induction ceremonies July 25.

COURTS: A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a restraining order that bans a woman from attending Major League Baseball games where Bob Uecker is announcing.

A court commissioner issued the four-year injunction against Ann Ladd of Prospect Heights, Ill., after Uecker, the Milwaukee Brewers play-by-play radio man, complained that the woman harassed and stalked him for years.



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