AP source: Beltran reaches deal with Astros, $16M for 1 year

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Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him - and the Astros - a most elusive World Series championship....

Ross, Revere, Asche among 35 new free agents

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday....

Angels' Pujols has foot surgery, could be sidelined 4 months

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on his right foot Friday, possibly sidelining him past opening day....

APNewsBreak: Union backed out of deal to add 26th player

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball players and owners had a deal to expand active rosters from 25 to 26 players for most of the season, but the union backed away in the final stages of collective bargaining....

Volquez finalizes $22 million, 2-year contract with Marlins

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MIAMI (AP) -- Edinson Volquez admits he was "tired" toward the second half of last season. That attributed to his bloated 5.37 ERA, he said....

Smokeless tobacco to take a dip among big league newcomers

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers - typically a sure sign of smokeless tobacco - might be far less common next season....

Cardinals send LHP Jaime Garcia to Braves for 3 prospects
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals traded left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday for a trio of prospects, including second baseman Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra....

APNewsBreak: All-Star Game no longer determines Series start

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The league that wins baseball's All-Star Game no longer will get home-field advantage in the World Series, which instead will go to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record....

Outfielder Matt Joyce agrees to $11M, 2-year deal with A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Joyce hopes to play more regularly again in his new role with the Oakland Athletics, who needed a new outfielder to fill a big void and put him high on their offseason list....

After getting $110M deal, Cespedes wants to finish with Mets

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Having finalized a $110 million, four-year contract with the New York Mets, Yoenis Cespedes declared: "God willing, I will finish out my career with this team."...


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