Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup

Nov 18 (The Sports Xchange) - The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

According to previous reports, the two sides had been close to agreement on a two-year, $23 million contract. reported the deal is close to being completed but is not yet finalized.

Hudson, 38, was 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA for the Atlanta Braves this past season. He will make the Giants' strong pitching staff even stronger if he is completely recovered from a severe ankle injury that required surgery and forced him to miss the final two months of the 2013 season.

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez arrived at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York on Monday morning as appeal hearings of his 211-game suspension resumed.

After MLB presented its case last month, it is Rodriguez's turn to provide his defense.

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The Yankees and free agent second baseman Robinson Cano are about $150 million apart in contract negotiations, CBS Sports reported.

Cano is reportedly asking for $310 million over 10 years while the Yankees are offering about $160 million over seven years.

Rap mogul Jay-Z's Roc Nation represents Cano with Brodie Van Wagenen as the primary agent. Jay-Z is also reportedly heavily involved in the process.

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Catcher Carlos Ruiz drew heavy interest in free agency but opted to return to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ruiz and the Phillies agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract with a team option for the fourth season. Ruiz will receive a buyout payment of $500,000 if the Phillies decline the option. Ruiz turns 35 in January. (Editing by Frank Pingue)