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Astros give Beltran 1-year, $16M deal

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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.

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday that the free agent slugger and the Astros have reached a one-year deal for $16 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. ESPN first reported the agreement.

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M's sign LHP Rzepczynski to 2-year deal

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year contract.

The Mariners also signed right-handed reliever Casey Fien on Saturday. Left-hander Dean Kiekhefer and righty Zach Lee were designated for assignment.

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Arizona, C Mathis agree to 2-year deal

PHOENIX (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Jeff Mathis have agreed on a two-year, $4 million contract.

The person said the deal was pending a physical and asked not to be identified Saturday because the move had not been officially announced.

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Pujols out 4 months after foot surgery

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

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Pujols had the procedure Friday in North Carolina to release his plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the toes. The three-time NL MVP was bothered by plantar fasciitis repeatedly during the season, but played through the pain in arguably the strongest year of his half-decade with the Angels.

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Ex-Padre Ross among 35 new free agents

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.

Washington outfielder Ben Revere and Philadelphia outfielder Cody Asche also were cut loose, along with Arizona catcher Welington Castillo and pitcher Rubby De La Rosa; Baltimore pitcher Vance Worley; and Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Louis Coleman.

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MLBPA nixed deal to add 26th player

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.

As part of the deal, the limit from Sept. 1 on would have been lowered from 40 to 28.

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Nationals reacquire C Norris from Padres

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Friday.

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A's urgent to build park after new CBA

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics will be phased out of revenue sharing in the coming years as part of baseball's new labor deal, and that puts even more urgency on the small-budget franchise's plan to find the right spot soon to build a new, privately funded ballpark.

The A's revenue-sharing funds will be cut to 75 percent next year, 50 percent in 2018, 25 percent in 2019 and then phased out as part of the five-year agreement reached Wednesday and formally announced Friday.

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MLB increases penalties for stimulants

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is increasing penalties for using banned stimulants and is adding more random drug tests.

The suspension for a second stimulant violation goes up from 25 to 50 games under a change to the sport's drug agreement announced Friday by the commissioner's office and players' association. A third violation would result in a 100-game penalty, up from 80.

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LHP McGee, Rockies agree to $5.9M, 1 yr.

DENVER (AP) Reliever Jake McGee and the Colorado Rockies agreed Friday to a $5.9 million, one-year contract, a raise of $1.1 million as part of a deal that avoided salary arbitration.

He can earn an additional $200,000 in performance bonuses, $50,000 each for 40, 50, 60 and 70 pitching appearances.

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