Myers, Astros agree to deal, source says

Pitcher Brett Myers and the Houston Astros have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that guarantees him $5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The source said the contract was subject to a physical, which likely will be next week.

Myers’ deal includes a mutual option for 2011. He also can earn additional performance bonuses.

The 29-year-old right-hander has played all eight of his major league seasons with the Phillies, going 73-63 with a 4.40 ERA.

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Scott Podsednik agreed to a $1.75 million, one-year contract with Kansas City, giving the Royals speed at the top of the order and versatility in the outfield. The deal includes a club option for 2011. … The Spanish newspaper El Nuevo Herald reported Friday that the Toronto Blue Jays offered hard-throwing pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who defected from Cuba in August and was declared a free agent in September, a $23 million contract. It was the third reported offer made to Chapman, whose fastball was clocked as high as 102 mph in the World Baseball Classic. The Red Sox and Florida Marlins are the other teams reported to have made offers. …Reliever Jay Marshall has been claimed by the New York Mets off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.