Red Sox sign Lowell for three more years

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BOSTON --- World Series MVP Mike Lowell is staying in Boston.

The Red Sox and their popular third baseman reached a preliminary agreement Monday on a three-year, $37.5 million contract.

Since winning their second title in four seasons, the Red Sox have re-signed their two biggest free agents, Lowell and pitcher Curt Schilling , and picked up options on Tim Wakefield and Julian Tavarez .

The four-time All-Star batted .400 (6-for-15) during Boston's Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

TRADE: The White Sox traded right-hander Jon Garland to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Orlando Cabrera .

Garland, 28, an 18-game winner in 2005 and 2006, was 10-13 with a 4.23 ERA last season.

Cabrera, 33, batted .301 with 35 doubles, eight home runs, 86 RBI and a career-high 101 runs with the Angels last year. He also won his second Gold Glove.

YANKEES: Mariano Rivera told New York he's accepting a $45 million, three-year offer.

The closer, who will turn 38 on Nov. 29, gets an average salary more than $4 million above what any other reliever currently makes.

PADRES: Finalized a $10 million, one-year contract with 41-year-old Greg Maddux .

The right-hander has 347 wins, four Cy Young Awards and a record 17 Gold Glove awards.

METS: Completed a deal with Luis Castillo , securing an everyday second baseman.

Castillo finalized a $25 million, four-year contract with the Mets, who acquired him from Minnesota on July 30.


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