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Cardinals to acquire Ozuna from Marlins

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical.

"Ozuna is one of those names that you have to have great respect, especially as much we see him," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said at the winter meetings. "We're at that necessary point of talking through health always, no matter what the player is. It's not just a formality."


Angels: Ohtani to be ready for spring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels knew Shohei Ohtani was recovering from a sprained elbow before they agreed to a minor league contract with the Japanese right-hander and outfielder.

"I think that's past him, and our understanding is there is no restrictions at all going into spring training, and he'll get down there in plenty of time and be ready to go," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday at the winter meetings.


Mets sign RHP Swarzak for 2 years, $14M

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak is reuniting with Mickey Callaway, the new manager of the New York Mets.

The 32-year-old right-hander and the Mets have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday at the winter meetings because the agreement has not been announced and is subject to successful physical.


Marlins cut Volquez, may bring him back

MIAMI (AP) Injured right-hander Edinson Volquez has been released by the Miami Marlins, who might bring him back on a minor league contract.

Volquez had Tommy John surgery in August and could miss the entire 2018 season. Despite his release Wednesday, the Marlins owe him $13 million next season, the second year of a two-year, $22 million contract.


Twins sign RHP Pineda, who may miss 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have taken another step toward deepening their starting pitching.

This boost won't take effect for a while.


Cubs finalize deals with Morrow, Smyly

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago Cubs finalized a $21 million, two-year contract with right-hander Brandon Morrow after the reliever played a key role in their loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series and also completed a $10 million two-year deal with injured left-hander Drew Smyly.

The 33-year-old Morrow went 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA and two saves in 45 appearances for Los Angeles last season. The hard-throwing right-hander did not allow a home run in 43 2/3 innings.


Costas wins Frick Award for broadcasting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) As a boy, Bob Costas took a cross-country drive with his dad, delighting in spinning the radio dial and listening "through the crackle and static" to broadcasts from far-flung ballparks.

He pulled in the big stations - WJR in Detroit, KDKA in Pittsburgh, WBAL in Baltimore and beyond - mesmerized by the games.


Mariners acquire 2 pitchers from Rays

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Seattle Mariners have landed two pitchers in a pair of trades in exchange for some of the international slot money the club had acquired in the hopes of landing Shohei Ohtani.

The Mariners got right-hander Shawn Armstrong from Cleveland on Wednesday and picked up minor-league lefty Anthony Misiewicz from Tampa Bay. Misiewicz was previously in the Mariners organization before being dealt to Tampa Bay last season.


Some Yankees wanted Torres on '17 roster

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) On the day top Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres turned 21, New York general manager Brian Cashman revealed the team's big league staff wanted him on last year's opening-day roster.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius injured a shoulder while with the Netherlands for the World Baseball Classic and did not play his first game of the season for the Yankees until April 28. At the time, Torres had not played above Class A, and Cashman was concerned he had never played in cold weather.

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