Castillo hit .253 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs last season, when he slumped badly over the second half of the season. He was hitting .283 on July 5, but went 8 for 73 (.110) with two RBIs and two extra-base hits after Sept. 1. Igawa gets jump on spring training: Kei Igawa is getting an early start to his first spring training with the New York Yankees. “He looks like he is going to be a real good pitcher,” Yankees vice president Billy Connors said after Igawa’s second workout at New York’s minor league complex. “He throws a heavy ball. He should be very good.” Igawa, who agreed in December to a $20 million, five-year contract, has been throwing on flat ground. The 27-year-old left-hander is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday. “It’s an honor to be on this field,” Igawa said through a translator. Kolb gets $1.2 million – if he makes roster: Pirates reliever Dan Kolb will make $1.2 million under a one-year contract if he is added to the team’s roster, and could earn an additional $1.3 million in performance bonuses. Kolb, a former All-Star closer with the Milwaukee Brewers, signed a minor league contract with Pittsburgh on Saturday. He will attend spring training camp starting next week. Kolb, who will be 32 next month, may request his release if he is not added to the Pirates’ roster by March 30. Trade: The Detroit Tigers traded outfielder Jeff Frazier to the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Yorman Bazardo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He went 1 for 4, with a double and a run scored. “I knew it was my last game, but I got emotional when I came to the park and all my teammates came to congratulate me,” the 39-year old slugger said while trying to hold back tears after the game. “When the players from the other countries hugged me after the game, I couldn’t hold back the tears. I felt very emotional and proud for all my accomplishment.” Castilla is Mexico’s all-time leading home-run hitter in the majors, with 320 homers in a 16-season career with Atlanta, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Houston, Washington and San Diego. Colorado claimed him off waivers last season so he could retire in a Rockies uniform. Castillo, Pirates agree: Second baseman Jose Castillo and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.9 million, one-year contract. Castillo filed for $2.2 million and the Pirates offered $1.8 million. He can earn an additional $20,000 for 570 plate appearances and $30,000 for 590 plate appearances. A little more than four months after playing his last game in the major leagues, Vinny Castilla officially retired from baseball Wednesday. Castilla played first base in Mexico’s 4-3 victory over Venezuela on the last day of the Caribbean Series in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Last week, The Sun said it would cut 75 jobs, or 5 percent of its work force, with 12 to 15 expected to come from the newsroom. In September, Newsday, the Tribune Co.’s dominant daily newspaper on Long Island, said it would reduce its coverage of New York City and cut 45 positions from its newsroom staff. Last month, Chicago-based Tribune, whose holdings include 11 daily newspapers, 26 television stations and the Chicago Cubs, said third-quarter profits tumbled 82 percent because of an adverse tax ruling that forced it to take a huge charge. The media company’s results also showed continuing sluggishness in advertising sales and lower revenue from newspaper circulation, although Tribune executives said recent circulation trends show improvement. Tribune Co. spokesman Gary Weitman said there was no directive to the dailies about job cuts but said they are being made as individual papers develop their operating plans. Last month, Chairman and CEO Dennis FitzSimons said in his third-quarter letter to shareholders that “all of our newspapers are pursuing further cost reductions to be implemented by year end.” Newsroom cuts do not necessarily mean diminished news coverage, said newspaper analyst John Morton, president of the media consulting firm Morton Research Inc. “These newspapers generally have by industry standards fairly fat news staffs, so generally the layoffs are not draconian,” Morton said. In September, The New York Times Co. said it would cut about 500 jobs across its company, or 4 percent of its work force; Philadelphia’s two major newspapers said they would cut a combined 100 jobs. The San Jose Mercury News, owned by Knight Ridder Inc., cut 16 percent of its newsroom staff earlier this month through attrition and buyouts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Publisher Jeff Johnson told employees in a separate memo that job cuts in other departments will be announced over the next three weeks, as will initiatives to boost circulation and advertising revenue. In Chicago, the total number of Tribune jobs cut will “likely” be fewer than 100 and will be distributed across all departments, publisher David Hiller said in a memo to employees. Many of the jobs being eliminated are open positions but there will be no voluntary buyouts, he said. Decisions on layoffs will be made in the next two weeks. The Orlando Sentinel’s publisher, Kathy Waltz, told staff in a memo the paper would cut “a limited number of positions,” according to copies of the memo posted on several industry Web sites. Waltz did not say how many jobs would be cut or from which departments. The Florida paper did not immediately return a call for comment on Wednesday. Three newspapers owned by Tribune Co., including the company’s two flagship papers in Chicago and Los Angeles, said Wednesday they will cut jobs amid declining circulation and revenue. The cuts come one week after another Tribune paper, The (Baltimore) Sun, and Knight Ridder Inc.’s San Jose Mercury News both announced similar cost-cutting moves. The Los Angeles Times said Wednesday it is eliminating about 85 newsroom positions, or approximately 8 percent of its editorial staff. Some of the cuts already have come through attrition and some will come through a voluntary separation program, editor Dean Baquet wrote in an e-mail to staff. The balance will come through layoffs by year’s end.