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Chase Utley signed a seven-year, $85 million extension to stay in Philadelphia. It's a big deal, but he's a hell of a player.

The Cubs and Cliff Floyd are close to agreeing on a one-year deal.

Brian Lawrence agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Rockies.

The Pirates are talking with Tomo Ohka.

Jason Michaels re-signed with the Indians for two years.

The Twins signed Ramon Ortiz.

Former pitcher and coach Verne Ruhle died at age 55.

Dallas McPherson will miss the entire 2007 season, in need of back surgery. That'll be a long road back.