Minnesota finalizes contracts with Pelfrey, Suzuki

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Mike Pelfrey and catcher Kurt Suzuki.

The contracts were finalized Monday. Pelfrey agreed more than a week ago to an $11 million, two-year deal. Suzuki agreed Friday to a $2.75 million, one-year deal.

Pelfrey went 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts last season, his first after Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his elbow. He'll return to the rotation with Kevin Correia, with Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes now at the top. One spot will be open in spring training.

The 30-year-old Suzuki will back up prospect Josmil Pinto, with Joe Mauer moving to first base and Ryan Doumit traded to Atlanta.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins sent outfielder Darin Mastroianni outright to Triple-A Rochester.

White Sox claim Surkamp off waivers from Giants

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox say they have claimed left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and lost infielder Brent Morel to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 26-year-old Surkamp, a sixth-round pick by the Giants in the 2008 amateur draft, went 0-1 with a 23.63 ERA in one spot start for San Francisco last season that lasted only 2 2-3 innings on July 23 against his hometown Reds. He was 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA between Class A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno.

He sat out the 2012 season because of an elbow injury.

Morel appeared in 12 games for Chicago last season and hit .200. He has a .229 average in 194 games.

The moves announced Monday put Chicago's 40-man roster at 40.

Texas adds Castellanos on waiver claim from Boston

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have received outfielder Alex Castellanos on a waiver claim from Boston.

The Red Sox acquired Castellanos in a trade with the Los Angeles on Oct. 23. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment Dec. 12 when Boston re-signed free agent Mike Napoli.

Castellanos spent most of last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .257 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI. He is a career .171 hitter in the majors in 24 games, all with the Dodgers.

With Monday's move, the Rangers have a full 40-man roster.

Cubs claim Brett Marshall off waivers from Yankees

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have claimed pitcher Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees.

The 23-year-old right-hander made his major league debut last season, making three relief appearances over two stints with the Yankees and allowing six earned runs in 12 innings. He spent most of last year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 7-10 with a 5.13 ERA in 25 starts.

A sixth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2008, Marshall is 36-32 with a 4.07 ERA in 115 minor league appearances and 113 starts.

The Cubs announced the move Monday.

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