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Cole to Yanks for record $324M, 9 years

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SAN DIEGO (AP) The New York Yankees landed the biggest prize of the free agent market, adding Gerrit Cole to their rotation with a record $324 million, nine-year contract on Tuesday night, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.

Cole's deal established marks for pitchers in total dollars, topping the $245 million, seven-year contract Stephen Strasburg finalized a day earlier to remain with the World Series champion Washington Nationals.

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SS Gregorius to Phils for 1 year, $14M

SAN DIEGO (AP) Shortstop Didi Gregorius is reuniting with manager Joe Girardi in Philadelphia, agreeing with the Phillies on a $14 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement, first reported by the New York Post, had not been announced.

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White Sox acquire RF Mazara from Rangers

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox acquired right fielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers for minor league outfielder Steele Walker on Tuesday night.

The clubs announced the deal at baseball's annual winter meetings.

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Nats give Strasburg record $245M, 7 yrs.

SAN DIEGO (AP) Stephen Strasburg returned to the Washington Nationals with a record contract on the first day of the winter meetings, a deal that puts fellow free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole in position for an even larger payday.

Washington and the World Series MVP agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contact, a deal of surprising size and length for a 31-year-old right-hander with an injury filled resume.

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Giants acquire Cozart, sign Gausman

SAN DIEGO (AP) Zack Cozart has had surgery on his left shoulder twice in two years.

The San Francisco Giants will wait patiently for the 2017 All-Star to heal.

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Hinch mum on MLB's sign stealing probe

SAN DIEGO (AP) AJ Hinch leaned into a microphone and looked up at one of the deepest gaggles of reporters yet at this week's bustling baseball winter meetings.

“Not sure I've ever been so popular,” the Houston Astros manager joked.

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Adam Jones, Japan's Orix agree to 2 yrs.

SAN DIEGO (AP) Outfielder Adam Jones and the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League have agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract.

The longtime Baltimore Orioles star played with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, hitting .260 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs.

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Padres, D-Backs to play in Mexico City

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks will play each other in April in Major League Baseball's first regular-season games in Mexico City.

The commissioner's office said Tuesday the two games on April 18 and 19 will be at Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium, a 20,000-capacity ballpark that opened last March. Arizona will be the home team for both games, which originally were scheduled for Phoenix.

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Girardi alludes to Astros' sign stealing

SAN DIEGO (AP) Joe Girardi was hardly stunned to learn his firing two years ago as manager of the New York Yankees may have followed a canning by the Houston Astros.

"Word gets around," he said.

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