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MLB Notes: A-Rod says ban could be a 'big help'
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MEXICO CITY -- Alex Rodriguez says his season-long suspension could be a benefit, allowing him to rest and return to the Yankees for the final three years of his contract.

Speaking late Wednesday in Mexico's capital during a promotional appearance, Rodriguez declined to talk specifically about his suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.

Rodriguez, in his first public comments since arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's decision Saturday, said he wanted to end his career with New York. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has declined to talk about his possible return but has called him a "great player."

"The 2014 season could be a big help for me," Rodriguez said. "It might serve as a break and close the chapter, and begin in 2015 with my last three years under contract with the Yankees."

Rodriguez, who will be 39 when the 2015 season opens, repeated several times that this part of his life had not been completed.

"I want to retire in New York, and I think the rest will do me good," he added. "For me, the book isn't finished. There are still chapters to finish. ... Right now I haven't thought about retiring."

Rays, David Price avoid arbitration
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Three-time AL All-Star David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $14 million, one-year contract, the highest single-season salary in franchise history.

The 2012 Cy Young Award winner has been the subject of trade speculation after going 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA last year while earning $10,112,500. He is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

His 2013 season was interrupted by his first stint on the disabled list, caused by a strained triceps.

Price is the Rays career leader in ERA and winning percentage, and he is second in victories.

Tampa Bay, which made the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons, announced the deal Thursday.

Indians to sign Nyjer Morgan
CLEVELAND -- Free agent veteran outfielder Nyjer Morgan has agreed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Morgan will report to major spring training, the Indians said Thursday. The 33-year-old spent last season with Yokohama of Japan's Central League. He previously played for Pittsburgh, Washington and Milwaukee.

The speedy Morgan, a .280 career hitter, has 117 career steals during six seasons in the majors. He finished second in the NL with 42 steals in 2009 for the Pirates and Nationals.

Morgan was a sparkplug for the Brewers during their playoff run in 2011, when he batted. 304 with four homers, a career-high 20 doubles and 37 RBIs in 119 games.

He was selected in the 2002 amateur draft by Pittsburgh after a four-year junior hockey stint in Canada.