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MLB average salary exceeds $3.8 million
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball's average salary shot up to more than $3.8 million this year following the steepest rise in more than a decade, putting big leaguers on track to top the $4 million barrier for the first time in 2015....

LJ Mazzilli, son of Lee, gets 50-game drug ban
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Mets' L.J. Mazzilli, a son of former major league All-Star and manager Lee Mazzilli, was suspended for 50 games Tuesday under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive drug test....

Phil Hughes, Twins agree to $58M, 5-year contract
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care of that....

Sergio Romo finalizes $15M, 2-year deal with Giants
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sergio Romo tested free agency, had some offers and ultimately decided he wanted to stay put in San Francisco pitching for the only team he has known....

Giants second baseman Scutaro has back surgery
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career....

Big moves bring big hope for Chicago baseball
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CHICAGO (AP) -- As the cranes and trucks hummed just beyond the chain-link fence along Waveland Avenue, Erika Pflederer stopped to take it all in....

LA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to a division rival for what might be no more than half of a catching platoon....

Things to know about Friday's baseball news
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There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:...

APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax....

AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement
NEW YORK (AP) -- Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract....



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