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San Francisco Giants sign Tsutsugo and Jefferies to minor league contracts

Japanese first baseman and outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes an invitation to spring training.

Maryland Senate president expresses concerns over framework of Orioles’ lease

The president of Maryland’s state Senate is expressing concerns about tying the Baltimore Orioles’ new lease at Camden Yards to an agreement on development near the ballpark.

Astros and catcher Victor Caratini finalize $12 million, 2-year contract

The Houston Astros and free-agent catcher Victor Caratini have finalized their $12 million, two-year contract.

Kimbrel hopes to help Orioles reach playoffs again as their replacement for injured Bautista

The Baltimore Orioles are now a reasonable destination for any free agent hoping for an immediate shot at the postseason.

The Yankees made a vintage Steinbrenner move to land Juan Soto after a lousy 2023

Juan Soto’s arrival is a sign the New York Yankees want stars to help them rebound from their worst season in three decades.

Nick Senzel agrees to $2 million, 1-year deal with Nationals, APsource says

A person familiar with the negotiations tells APthat Nick Senzel and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract.

INF Jeimer Candelario agrees to $45 million, 3-year contract with Cincinnati, APsource says

Jeimer Candelario has agreed to a $45 million, three-year contract with Cincinnati, giving the Reds a surplus of infielders that could lead to another move.

Eduardo Rodriguez and Arizona Diamondbacks agree to $80 million, 4-year deal, APsource says

The Arizona Diamondbacks and pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez have agreed to an $80 million, four-year contract, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.

Juan Soto traded to New York Yankees from San Diego Padres in 7-player blockbuster

The New York Yankees have acquired All-Star slugger Juan Soto in a blockbuster trade with the cost-cutting San Diego Padres.

Rangers add veteran reliever Kirby Yates to bolster bullpen for APSeries champs

The Texas Rangers have signed veteran reliever Kirby Yates to a $4.5 million, one-year contract to bolster the bullpen of the APSeries champs.

Yankees get Soto from Padres. Ohtani and Yamamoto still up for grabs as winter meetings end

Juan Soto found a new home with the New York Yankees as the winter meetings ended, while Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto were still up for grabs as team officials headed home with the bulk of their business yet to be done.

Pitchers dominate winter meeting draft with 8 of 10 players taken, 3 from Yankees’ system

Major League teams stocked up on pitching Wednesday in the big league phase of the winter meeting draft with eight of the 10 players selected being pitchers, including three from the New York Yankees’ system.

Bryce Harper’s agent says Phillies star would agree to new deal beyond 2031

Bryce Harper’s agent says the Philadelphia Phillies star would be willing to accept a contract that goes beyond the expiration of his current deal in 2031.

Baltimore Orioles add reliever Craig Kimbrel to bullpen on 1-year, $13 million deal

The Baltimore Orioles have announced they added reliever Craig Kimbrel to their bullpen on a one-year deal for $13 million.

Mets owner Steve Cohen went to Japan to meet with pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen and president of baseball operations David Stearns went to Japan before the winter meetings to speak with free agent pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and his family.

Yadier Molina gets front-office job with the St. Louis Cardinals

Yadier Molina will remain with the St. Louis Cardinals as a special assistant to basebal chief John Mozeliak after the longtime catcher wrapped up his 19-year big league career in 2022.

Royals acquire pitcher Carlos Mateo from Astros for pitcher Dylan Coleman

The Kansas City Royals have swapped pitchers with the Astros, sending right-hander Dylan Coleman to Houston in exchange for minor league right-hander Carlos Mateo.

Jason Heyward and Los Angeles Dodgers finalize $9 million, 1-year contract

Outfielder Jason Heyward and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized their $9 million, one-year contract. The 34-year-old hit .269 with 15 homers and 40 RBIs with the Dodgers, who signed Heyward for the $720,000 minimum after the Chicago Cubs released Heyward from an $184 million, eight-year contract sign

Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione wins Hall of Fame’s Frick Award for broadcasting excellence

Joe Castiglione, a Boston Red Sox radio announcer for 41 years, won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

Houston Astros and catcher Victor Caratini agree to $12 million, 2-year contract, APsource says

Catcher Victor Caratini and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told 鶹ýapp.

Marco Gonzales traded to Pirates, 2 days after he was acquired by Braves from Mariners

Marco Gonzales’ time with the Atlanta Braves lasted just two days, ending when the pitcher was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with cash for a player to be named or cash.

In rare Yankees-Red Sox trade, outfielder Verdugo goes to New York and pitcher Weissert to Boston

The New York Yankees have made a rare trade with the rival Boston Red Sox, acquiring outfielder Alex Verdugo for right-handers Greg Weissert, Richard Fitts and Nicholas Judice.

New Padres manager Mike Shildt to meet with Juan Soto in Miami on Dec. 17

New San Diego manager Mike Shildt has texted with outfielder Juan Soto and plans to meet with the Padres superstar later this month.

Chicago White Sox and RHP Erick Fedde agree to $15 million, 2-year contract, APsource says

Erick Fedde is returning to the majors with the Chicago White Sox after spending last season in South Korea.

Dodgers acknowledge meeting with Ohtani. Yankees covet Yamamoto

The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to publicly acknowledge meeting with Shohei Ohtani when manager Dave Roberts disclosed what he said was a two-to-three hour get-together at Dodger Stadium a few days ago.

The Yankees hope chance meeting, scouting helps land Japanese pitcher Yamamoto

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has met Japanese pitching sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Once, very briefly.

Cleveland wins MLB draft lottery, will have top pick for 1st time

Cleveland will have the No. 1 pick in next year’s amateur baseball draft for the first time, winning a lottery on the second try after Washington came out with the top spot initially but was ineligible.

Rays sign RHP Chris Devenski to 1-year deal with 2025 club option

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed reliever Chris Devenski to a $1.1 million, one-year contract with a club option for 2025.

Shortstop José Iglesias agrees to minor league contract with Mets

Shortstop José Iglesias agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and will report to big league spring training.

The Angels will not trade 3-time AL MVP Mike Trout, general manager confirms

The Los Angeles Angels will not trade three-time AL MVP Mike Trout. General manager Perry Minasian confirmed that Tuesday at MLB’s winter meetings.