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Monday, December 22, 2003
Orioles, J. Lopez agree to contract.
With an elite shortstop crossed off their winter shopping list, the Orioles have reached an agreement with another high-profile free agent, catcher Javy Lopez, and an announcement could come as early as today.

Team officials were prepared to work late into last night while negotiating a deal with Lopez's agent, Chuck Berry. The Orioles apparently will sign Lopez for $23 million over three years.
(Baltimore Sun)

Garcia agrees to contract with Seattle. One year, $6,875,000. (Yahoo!)

Rockies agree to terms with Burnitz. One year, $1.5 million, and they cut ties with Jay Payton. (Yahoo!)

Marlins sign reliever Benitez. One year, $3.5 million, and they cut ties with Braden Looper. (Yahoo!)

Richard Lederer interviews Aaron Gleeman. (Rich's Weekend Baseball BEAT)

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