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Ex-Giants closer Casilla rejoins A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) No hard feelings about leaving San Francisco for Santiago Casilla. He is focused on his second stint with Oakland, the place the hard-throwing reliever received his big league start.

"There is a big part of my heart with the Athletics because they believed in me in the first place when they signed me and they believed in me again when they re-signed me," he said Friday. "They taught discipline, they taught me how to play the game of baseball. There are so many things I have to thank the A's for getting my start in the major leagues."

Casilla is crossing the bay once again, re-joining the A's with an $11 million, two-year contract after seven seasons with the Giants.

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Trumbo, O's agree to $37.5M for 3 years

For the second year in a row, the Orioles negotiated a deal to keep the major league home run champion in Baltimore.

Mark Trumbo's $37.5 million, three-year contract Friday was finalized Friday, a day after the sides reached agreement subject to a successful physical.

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Cahill, Padres finalize 1-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) Right-hander Trevor Cahill and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $1.75 million, one-year contract.

Cahill, who went to high school in suburban Vista, can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 15, 20 and 25. He also can earn $250,000 in bonuses based on relief appearances: $125,000 each for 40 and 50. He would get a $250,000 assignment bonus if traded.

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Darvish motivated to prove himself

DALLAS (AP) Yu Darvish marked his five-year anniversary as a Texas Ranger this week. Now healthy again, he wants to prove how good a pitcher he is.

"It's not much about my contract, but coming back from Tommy John surgery," Darvish said through his interpreter at the Rangers' winter banquet Friday night. "This will be my second year to see how my body reacts and how much I can do to prove how good of a pitcher I am. That's what I'm looking forward to."

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Brewers give reliever Feliz $5.35M deal

MILWAUKEE (AP) Free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz has agreed to a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who are looking for a closer in the bullpen.

Feliz's deal, which was announced Thursday, is worth $5.35 million, with $1.5 million in performance bonuses based on games and games finished.

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Ivan Rodriguez denies using steroids

NEW YORK (AP) Moments after Tim Raines spoke openly about overcoming cocaine abuse, Ivan Rodriguez tried to avoid discussing whether he had used steroids.

Different era. Different drug.

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Yankees, Betances headed to arbitration

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees plan to go to salary arbitration with reliever Dellin Betances, which would be the team's first hearing in nearly a decade.

Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Betances submitted a proposed $5 million salary last week and the Yankees filed at $3 million. A hearing before three arbitrators will be scheduled for next month.

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Marlins acquire RHP Straily from Reds

MIAMI (AP) Replacing Jose Fernandez will be a collective task for the Miami Marlins, with 14-game winner Dan Straily joining the effort Thursday.

Miami obtained Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for three minor leaguers, including right-handers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, both highly regarded prospects in the Marlins' thin system. Outfielder Isaiah White was also dealt to Cincinnati.

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Carew 'great' 1 month after transplant

LOS ANGELES (AP) Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has passed the one-month mark since a heart and kidney transplant with no signs of rejection.

Carew tells the American Heart Association News he's "doing great" since the 13-hour operation on Dec. 16. He's spent the last week in a rehabilitation center and expects to return home soon.

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Jays ownership keyed re-signing Bautista

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said ownership got involved in the re-signing of veteran Jose Bautista.

Atkins said Thursday the desire of Edward Rogers, the controlling shareholder of Rogers Communication, to help was "abundantly clear." He said thanks to Rogers, they don't have to rebuild.

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