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Nelson Cruz agrees to 4-year deal with Seattle Mariners

usatoday.com — Nelson Cruz, the top right-handed slugger on the free agent market, has agreed to a four-year contract worth at least $57 million with the Seattle Mariners, according to a report in the Dominican Republic. Cruz's signing would continue a huge financial push for the Mariners, bringing their long-term contract commitments since February 2013 to a whopping $572 million.

Marlins, Stanton agree on $325 million contract

ksdk.com — The Miami Marlins, notorious for their firesales and miniscule player payrolls more than their two World Series titles, completed an image makeover by signing All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in North American team sports history. The Marlins, finalized a 13-year, $325 million deal with their marquee player.

Nightengale: Marlins buy credibility with Stanton deal

azcentral.com — It's like waking up to the shrill of that alarm clock, groggily getting out of bed, and being jolted to your senses when you see your next-door-neighbors pulling up in a new Bentley. Yes, the same neighbors who recently had a foreclosure notice on their home, whose idea of fine dining is the local burger joint, and who snubbed the troop selling Girl Scout cookies.

Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton finalize 13-yr, $325M deal

wtsp.com — The Miami Marlins, notorious for their firesales and miniscule player payrolls more than their two World Series titles, completed an image makeover by signing All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in North American team sports history. The Marlins, finalized a 13-year, $325 million deal with their marquee player.

Giancarlo Stanton nearing $325M extension with Marlins

cincinnati.com — The Miami Marlins, notorious for their firesales and miniscule player payrolls than their two World Series titles, are on the verge of a complete image makeover by signing All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the largest contract in North American team sports history.

Report: Boras tried to cover up Ramirez's PED use

usatoday.com — Scott Boras, baseball's most powerful agent, urged Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch to fabricate records in an effort to overturn a 50-game suspension for Manny Ramirez, according to a published report.

Nightengale: No reality show can top A-Rod saga

usatoday.com — USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg talks about Alex Rodriguez and his return to baseball after his suspension for PED use. USA TODAY Sports Video Transcript Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate) If Alex Rodriguez doesn't want to tell the truth, we'll go ahead and tell it for him.

Former pitcher Brad Halsey, 33, dies in climbing accident

usatoday.com — Former major league pitcher Brad Halsey, who appeared in 88 games for three teams, has died at 33, according to his agent. Halsey, who last pitched in the major leagues for the Oakland Athletics in 2006, was drafted and developed by the New York Yankees, and was part of a trade package that sent him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Randy Johnson.

Joe Maddon: Cubs in 2015 playoffs 'without a doubt'

indystar.com — CHICAGO -- The fans dressed in their Chicago Cubs jerseys and jackets started chanting his name, louder and louder Monday afternoon, as he walked down Clark Street to his inaugural press conference.

High expectations come with Joe Maddon as Cubs manager

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -- The fans dressed in their Chicago Cubs jerseys and jackets started chanting his name, louder and louder Monday afternoon, as he walked down Clark Street to his inaugural press conference.
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Dec 18, 2014

Matt Kemp has arthritis in his hips;#Padres doctors debating whether it would impact his career as #Dodgers await. usat.ly/16w7ZfY

Dec 18, 2014

The holdup in Matt Kemp trade is because the physical revealed arthritis in both hips. The #Padres continue to consult medical experts.

Dec 17, 2014

The #Padres hope to announce Kemp deal tomorrow and Myers trade later in day

Dec 17, 2014

It will take awhile for all 10 physicals to be completed, as @JimBowden_ESPN first reported deal was complete

Dec 17, 2014

The massive 3-way deal with #Padres, #Rays and #Nats is done according to one of GMs involved, once physicals complete

Dec 17, 2014

Sergio Romo loses #SFGiants closer's job but still makes out well w 2 year $15 million deal to return, as @Ken_Rosenthal reports

Dec 17, 2014

The #Padres believe that Matt Kemp's physical is fine but still waiting on final details as they are in organization meetings.

Dec 17, 2014

The #Mariners finally get an outfielder, Justin Ruggiano of #Cubs, for minor league reliever Matt Brazis

Dec 17, 2014

The #Braves still believe they will trade Justin Upton by Christmas holidays, but if #Padres get #Rays Myers, they say are out of running.

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