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Mets lock up McNeil on 4-year, $50M deal

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NEW YORK (AP) - Batting champion Jeff McNeil and the New York Mets finalized a $50 million, four-year contract Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

The move was the latest by the high-spending Mets. who added pitcher Justin Verlander and David Robertson, catcher Omar Narváez and outfielder Tommy Pham, and also reached a $162 million, eight-year deal to keep outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

"It starts with ownership," McNeil said at a news conference. "They want to put a winner on the field. It's been pretty amazing to see what that's looked like the last few years."

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Marlins, Arraez head to arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) AL batting champion Luis Arraez went to a salary arbitration hearing Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Arraez asked for a raise from $2.2 million to $6.1 million, and the Marlins argued for $5 million. The case was heard by John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit, who are expected to issue a decision Thursday.

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M's, SS Moore agree on 3 years, $8.8M

SEATTLE (AP) Dylan Moore and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a three-year contract worth $8,875,000, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the agreement, first reported by ESPN, had not been announced.

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Braves give vets Chavez, Pillar invites

ATLANTA (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez and outfielder Kevin Pillar highlight 26 players with minor league contracts invited to spring training by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Chavez had been effective as a long reliever out of the Braves' bullpen the last two seasons, going 3-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 46 appearances over two stints with the team a year ago.

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M's beat Diego Castillo in arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Seattle Mariners defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

Richard Bloch, Melinda Gordon and Brian Keller made the decision on Wednesday, a day after hearing arguments.

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M's hope signings help close gap in West

SEATTLE (AP) Jerry Dipoto saw up close last year during the regular season and again in October where the differences lie if the Seattle Mariners expect to close the gap on Houston in the AL West.

While this winter lacked any significant splashes in free agency, Dipoto said Wednesday the Mariners are confident they're an improved team from the one that last season ended the longest playoff drought in baseball.

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O's-Nats TV dispute to be heard March 14

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for March 14 in the long-running dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals over television rights fees.

After agreeing in September 2021 to consider the case, the state's highest court said this week that it will hear arguments on the question of "whether courts have the power, after vacating an arbitration award based on 'evident partiality' related to the forum, to order rehearing in a forum other than that provided for in the parties' arbitration agreement."

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Dodgers, P Gonsolin agree on 2-year deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a $6.65 million, two-year contract Tuesday that avoided an arbitration hearing.

Gonsolin gets $3.25 million this year and $3.4 million in 2024.

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Rays extend INF Diaz for 3 years, $24M

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz's agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

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