Twins release former KSU star Guerrier

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins have granted relief pitcher Matt Guerrier his unconditional release, making the 35-year-old right-hander a free agent.

The Twins announced the move Monday. Guerrier, who played at Kent State University, was trying to make a comeback from surgery on his right elbow.

He gave up three runs and five hits in four innings during spring training.

Guerrier spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Twins, starting in 2004, and was at camp with a minor league contract.

With Jared Burton, Casey Fien and Anthony Swarzak already established as reliable right-handers in the Twins bullpen, and the possibility of starter Samuel Deduno joining them, there was no room for Guerrier.

The Twins also optioned right-handers Michael Tonkin and Ryan Pressly and catcher Chris Herrmann to Triple-A Rochester.

Quintana gets $21M deal from White Sox

CHICAGO -- Pitcher Jose Quintana and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $21 million, five-year contract that would increase to $26.5 million if he is eligible for salary arbitration after this season.

The deal announced Monday includes two team options that could add $22 million.

Quintana has 1 year, 133 days of major league service. The cutoff for arbitration eligibility was 2 years, 122 days this year and 2-139 last year.

After agreeing this month to a one-year deal paying $550,000 in the major leagues and $300,000 in the minors, Quintero gets an $850,000 salary this season.

If eligible for arbitration at the end of this year, he would get $3.4 million in 2015, $5.4 million in 2016, $7 million in 2017 and $8.85 million in 2018.

Tigers take security measures at ballpark

DETROIT -- Tigers fans will pass through metal detectors while entering Comerica Park this season, part of a new set of security measures the team is putting in place.

Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by 2015, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers. The Tigers announced Monday that fans should arrive early this season to allow enough time to walk through the metal detectors. Gates open just over two hours before the start of each game.

Detroit's security measures also include restricting traffic on streets around the downtown ballpark.

Fans will be subject to bag searches, as in the past.

Tigers trade for second SS in four days

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles have acquired infielder Steve Lombardozzi from the Detroit Tigers for infielder Alex Gonzalez.

The 25-year-old Lombardozzi hit .259 with two homers and 22 RBI for the Washington Nationals last season and was dealt to Detroit in December for pitcher Doug Fister.

Gonzalez, a 37-year-old infielder, has a .246 average with six major league teams. He was the starting shortstop for the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins.

He agreed Jan. 31 to a minor league contract and has a .429 batting average during spring training.

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