Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola Guardiola has rejected recent reports linking him with a Manchester City move this summer, insisting that his future remains at Bayern Munich.Rumours emerging over the weekend claimed the former Barcelona coach had already agreed terms to replace under-fire Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium hotseat.German football expert Raphael Honigstein told talkSPORT the reports took Bayern by surprise and, at a news conference held later on Monday afternoon, Guardiola strongly denied he had any plans to leave the German champions.“I have a contract and I will stay here at Bayern,” he said. “That’s all.”Guardiola left Barcelona in the summer of 2012 after winning 14 titles – including two Champions League crowns – in a trophy-laden four-year stint at the helm.The 44-year-old joined Bayern a year later and has led the Munich side to back-to-back Bundesliga titles.But questions over his future at the club arose with Bayern losing 1-0 at home to Augsburg on Saturday to continue a four-match losing run.The German champions host Guardiola’s former club Barca on Tuesday needing to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit to reach the Champions League final. 1
The Angels agreed to one-year deals Tuesday with right-handed relievers Francisco Rodriguez and Scot Shields. Rodriguez will earn $3,775,000. He made $440,000 last year, when he completed his first full season as the Angels’ No. 1 closer. He had a 2-5 record with a 2.67 ERA and 45 saves, tying for the AL lead. Rodriguez vacillated until the very end. After speaking with the New York Yankees third baseman earlier Tuesday, players’ association chief operating officer Gene Orza thought the two-time MVP was leaning toward not playing at all. Later in the day, Rodriguez made his decision to participate, according to agent Scott Boras. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Rangers also agreed to one-year deals with right-hander Adam Eaton ($4.65 million) and outfielder Brad Wilkerson ($3.9 million), avoiding arbitration with two players acquired in separate trades last month. Nationals sign Schneider, Johnson: Catcher Brian Schneider agreed to a $16 million, four-year contract with the Washington Nationals and first baseman Nick Johnson came to terms on a $3.2 million, one-year deal. Alfonso Soriano, acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers, asked for $12 million, the highest amount among the 44 players who swapped figures with their teams. The Nationals offered $10 million to Soriano, a raise of $2.5 million. Also: Boston Red Sox reliever Guillermo Mota agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract. … Pitcher Jason Marquis and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $5.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2.1 million. … Third baseman Joe Crede and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,675,000. … All-Star closer Brad Lidge and reliever Dan Wheeler agreed to one-year contracts with the Houston Astros. Lidge got a $3,975,000 deal, and Wheeler’s contract is for $930,000. … New York Mets pitcher Victor Zambrano agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract, a raise of $900,000. Reserve infielder Chris Woodward also agreed to an $825,000, one-year contract with New York. … Pitchers Erik Bedard, Bruce Chen and Todd Williams agreed to one-year contracts with the Baltimore Orioles along with outfielder Corey Patterson. Chen will receive a significant raise to $3.8 million. Bedard will receive a base salary of $1.4 million. Williams will receive $775,000, and Patterson, acquired on Jan. 9 from the Chicago Cubs, gets $2.8 million. … Left-hander Ted Lilly and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract. … Right-hander Kip Wells agreed to a $4.15 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. … The Seattle Mariners and utility player Willie Bloomquist agreed to a two-year contract worth $1,525,000. … The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to one-year contracts with Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson and shortstop Alex Cintron. Hudson got a $2.3 million deal and Cintron got a $1.6 million contract. … The Detroit Tigers agreed to one-year contracts with Jeremy Bonderman, Chris Spurling and Carlos Pena. Bonderman got a $2.3 million deal, Spurling agreed to a $725,000 contract and Pena’s deal is for $2.8 million. … The Atlanta Braves agreed to a $2.2 million contract with starting pitcher Horacio Ramirez and a $462,500 deal with newcomer Oscar Villarreal. … Russell Branyan cleared waivers and was released by the Milwaukee Brewers. A-Rod to play for U.S.: His allegiance torn between the Dominican Republic and United States, Alex Rodriguez finally made up his mind and decided he will participate in the World Baseball Classic as a member of the U.S. team. Shields will earn $2.1 million. He had a 10-11 record and a 2.75 ERA with seven saves after appearing in a club record 78 games in 2005. He made $950,000. Teixeira gets new deal: All-Star first baseman Mark Teixeira agreed to a $15.4 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding salary arbitration this year and next. Teixeira hit .301 with 43 home runs and 144 RBI last season.