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Michael Brantley, Astros finalize $32M, 2-year contract

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have long admired Michael Brantley’s game from afar. They’re ready to appreciate it up close. The Astros finalized a $32 million, two-year contract Wednesday with the free agent outfielder and introduced him in Houston. “We like everything about Michael’s game, and we’ve been watching him for years,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “To be ...

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MLB, union, Cuba reach deal for players to sign

HAVANA (AP) — Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement, which runs through Oct. 31, 2021, allows Cubans to sign under rules similar to ...

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Defection ordeals may be a thing of the past for Cuban stars

The next generation of Cuban baseball stars may have a much easier time reaching the major leagues. Cubans can sign under rules similar to what players from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan face, according to an agreement among Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced Wednesday. Players from Cuba would be allowed to sign big ...

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AP source: Matt Harvey, Angels agree to $11M, 1-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey has agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, returning to the team that drafted him out of high school but failed to sign the pitcher. Harvey’s deal was disclosed by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the ...

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Matt Harvey headed to Angels after 1-year, $11M deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Harvey has agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, returning to the team that drafted him out of high school but failed to sign the pitcher. Harvey’s deal was disclosed by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the ...

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Twins to retire Mauer’s No 7 jersey next season

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will retire Joe Mauer’s No. 7 jersey next season, making a swift move to honor the homegrown player and six-time All-Star who recently retired after a 15-year major league career . The Twins surprised Mauer with the announcement on Tuesday, while his accomplishments were celebrated at an all-student assembly at his alma ...

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Nationals finalize $4M, 1-year deal with Adams

WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Adams is returning to a Nationals team he believes is better than the one he was traded from and has the potential to make even more moves this offseason. Adams agreed to terms Tuesday on a $4 million, one-year deal with a mutual option for 2020. The 30-year-old first baseman is back with Washington after being ...

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Royals sign Gore to one-year deal, adding even more speed to roster

The Kansas City Royals‘ commitment to speed took another step forward Tuesday. Outfielder Terrance Gore, the club’s designated speedster from years gone by, signed a one-year big-league contract with the Royals. In a corresponding move, the Royals designated infielder/outfielder Rosell Herrera for assignment. Gore, 27, played 67 games with Triple-A Omaha last season, stealing 16 bases in 20 attempts before being ...

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