ATLANTA — Former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones committed an error in retirement, starting a fire when he dumped some ashes in the woods near his suburban home after cleaning out his fireplace.
Jones tweeted about the fire, which broke out Wednesday evening. It was quickly extinguished by the Roswell fire department and caused no serious damage.
Said Jones, “Tried to do my daily chores and cleaned out the fireplace. Went and dumped the ashes. All’s good right? Nope. Set the woods on fire! Ugh.” He thanked firefighters for responding quickly to put out the blaze.
Jones played with the Braves for 19 seasons, hitting 468 homers and winning the MVP award in 1999. He retired in 2012.
Matsuzaka stays with Mets
NEW YORK — Daisuke Matsuzaka is staying with the New York Mets.
The 33-year-old right-hander agreed Friday to a minor league contract and was invited to big league spring training camp next month.
Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA for the Mets last year after going 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts for Cleveland’s Triple-A team at Columbus.
He has a 53-40 record with a 4.52 ERA in the major leagues, going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2008, his second season with Boston. The Red Sox signed him to a $52 million, six-year contract before the 2007 season and paid slightly more than $51.1 million to buy his rights from the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League.
Braves agree to terms with Garcia
ATLANTA — The Braves have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Freddy Garcia and invited him to their big league spring training camp.
A 37-year-old right-hander, Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 in six games for the Braves, including three starts, after he was acquired from Baltimore last year. He also pitched six solid innings in Game 4 of the division series against the Dodgers, though after he left the Braves lost the game and the series.
Atlanta wanted a veteran to bolster a talented but young group of starters, especially after Tim Hudson signed with San Francisco. Garcia will contend for a spot in a projected rotation led by 28-year-old Kris Medlen that includes four other potential starters in their 20s.
Veteran 3B Wigginton signs with Marlins
MIAMI — Third baseman Ty Wigginton has signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins and has been invited to their spring training camp.
Wigginton, 36, was released by the St. Louis Cardinals in July after hitting .158 in 57 at-bats. He’s a career .261 hitter with 169 home runs.
Gardenhire returns to Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — As Ron Gardenhire’s 12th season leading the Minnesota Twins wound down, he wasn’t sure he was going to be back for a 13th.
The Twins were limping to the finish of a third straight season with near 100 losses, and Gardenhire was in the final year of his contract. The manager says it wasn’t until the day before the final game of the regular season that he knew for sure GM Terry Ryan was bringing him back.
Gardenhire signed a two-year contract after last season. Now he’s ready to see the team through the troubling times they’ve had over the last three seasons.
White Sox give Ventura extension
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox agreed to a multi-year contract extension with manager Robin Ventura on Friday, hours before their annual fan convention.
The terms were not disclosed. Ventura turned down an extension before the 2013 season, leading to speculation that he might not stick around much longer.
He led the White Sox to 85 wins and a second-place finish in the AL Central, but they dropped to 63-99 while finishing last in his second season. Ventura, 46, is 148-176 in two seasons.