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The Kansas City Royals knew at some point they would have to move on from grieving over the sudden and tragic death of Yordano Ventura and address the difficult task of replacing him.

That apparently came when the Royals agreed with righthander Jason Hammel on a $16 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. Segals outdoor furniture The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal is pending the completion of a physical.

The 34-year-old Hammel is expected to take Ventura’s place in the starting rotation. Garden snake The 25-year-old flamethrower was killed last month in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Hammel was 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs last season and has proven to be a workhorse with at least 30 appearances in each of the past three seasons.

He is also intimately familiar with the Royals, pitching against the club with Tampa Bay, Colorado, Baltimore and Oakland before joining the Cubs. Watch nba finals online abc It was with the Athletics in 2014 that Hammel appeared in relief against Kansas City in their dramatic wild-card game won by the Royals in 12 innings.

Also on that Oakland team? Designated hitter Brandon Moss, the former Cardinal who was introduced at Kauffman Stadium last week after signing a $12 million, two-year deal to replace Kendrys Morales in the lineup.

The Royals appeared to be content with their starting rotation, anchored by Ventura, Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy as they prepared for spring training. Pitched roof Jason Vargas was expected back after missing most of last season following Tommy John surgery, and general manager Dayton Moore anticipated several in-house candidates to compete through spring for the fifth starter job.

That all changed when Ventura’s car crashed on a stretch of highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo. Trellis spa menu The young pitcher, who signed a $23 million, five-year deal shortly before opening day in 2015, was pronounced dead at the scene.

With only a couple weeks left before the Royals reported to Surprise, Arizona, Moore moved quickly to assess free-agent options. Usfa softball Hammel and Doug Fister were widely considered two of the best arms still available, but the Royals eventually turned their focus to the tall righthander.

Hammel has a 4.42 ERA over parts of 11 seasons, though his best years have been his most recent. Fencing sabre He 10-7 with a 3.74 ERA for the Cubs in 2015 before helping them to the championship last season.

Among the candidates for the final rotation spot are Nathan Karns, who was acquired from Seattle in a trade for Jarrod Dyson; Matt Strahm, who was electric out of the bullpen last season; Chris Young, who is trying to bounce back from a disastrous 2016 season; and youngsters Alex Mills, Miguel Almonte, Kyle Zimmer and Josh Staumont, all of whom may need more seasoning in the minors. Df softball (AP)

The righthander was a concern at the start of spring training last year after arthroscopic surgery in October 2015 to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. What is pitch He went 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 31 starts.

“Last year he had that procedure done, so he’s ahead of where he was last year,” Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. Football scores right now “He’s already been on the mound a little bit. Frances bavier young Coming in he seems to be in a good place.”

Tanaka can opt out of his $155 million, seven-year contract after this season, give up a $23 million annual salary from 2018-20 and become a free agent. Pavestone lowes He is 39-16 with a 3.12 ERA over 75 starts in three seasons with the Yankees.

Pena, who hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2011, agreed to a minor league contract with the AL champions. Where is yankee stadium The 35-year-old outfielder will report next month to Cleveland’s minor league camp in Goodyear, Ariz.

Pena was last in the majors with Arizona and Seattle six years ago, then went to Japan and became known for hitting some long home runs. Atkinsons fencing leeds He connected for a career-high 26 homers with Cincinnati in 2004.

A close friend of new Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion, Pena has a .250 career batting average with 84 homers and 240 RBIs in eight seasons with Cincinnati, Boston, Washington, Arizona and Seattle. Senior softball (AP)

Other baseball news • Pitcher Chase Anderson has gone to salary arbitration with the Milwaukee Brewers, asking a panel to choose his $2.85 million request over the team’s $2.45 million offer.

The sides appeared Monday before arbitrators Howard Edelman, Elizabeth Neumeier and Mark Burstein, who are expected to rule Tuesday. How to design a sprinkler system A 29-year-old righthander obtained from Arizona in January 2016, Anderson was 9-11 with a 4.39 ERA last year in 30 starts and one relief appearance. Drip coffee caffeine His ERA dropped from 5.44 in the first half of the season to 3.02 in the second half.

… Pitching mechanics The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million contract with veteran reliever Sergio Romo, according to people familiar with the situation, who requested anonymity because Romo must pass his physical before the deal becomes official. Garden layout ideas (From news services)

Following a council meeting in Monaco on Monday, IAAF president Sebastian Coe said Russian athletics should not expect “full reinstatement” before November. Pinch hitter 3 The decision rules out Russia competing at the world championships in August in London.

The IAAF also said it was freezing all nationality switches in athletics after complaints that a rising number of people were switching allegiance to countries where they had no previous ties, and that some were moving repeatedly.

The IAAF suspended Russia from all international competition in November 2015 after a damning World Anti-Doping Agency report alleged mass doping and cover-ups. What is irrigation mean Since then, senior Russian athletics officials have been banned, and more WADA reports provided details of drug use and the swapping of tainted samples for clean ones. Landscaping ideas around pool (AP)

It’s the 10th time since the challenge round was abolished in 1972 that a defending champion has lost in the first round. Spring training florida map Switzerland was the most recent in 2015.

Argentina was without top player Juan Martin del Potro, who preferred to focus on tournament play. How to pitch an idea Only Pella and Leonardo Mayer remained from the team which won Argentina’s first Davis Cup title in December.

But Pella almost won it for them. Cbssports fantasy football Up by two sets, his game lost its sting. Tennessee softball He missed break points in consecutive games but Fognini, growing more patient, took his break chance in the eighth game and extended the match to a fourth set.

Italy won both singles on Friday, but Argentina came back by taking the doubles on Saturday, and the first reverse singles on Sunday, when Carlos Berlocq defeated Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Also Monday, Canadian player Denis Shapovalov was fined $7,000, a day after unintentionally striking umpire Arnaud Gabas in the eye and immediately ending the Davis Cup match against Britain. Spring training (AP)