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Source: Astros acquire Evan Gattis from Braves

khou.com — Gattis was in Houston on Wednesday undergoing a physical exam The Atlanta Braves are engaged with three teams in trade talks for catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

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.
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Jan 30, 2015

Ogando signs with #RedSox for $1.5 million guarantee and another $1.5 million in roster bonuses and incentives.

Jan 29, 2015

RT @Haudricourt: The #Brewers won't announce Neal Cotts signing until tomorrow but it's all done. Have to clear 40-man roster spot.

Jan 29, 2015

The #Phillies take a $1.5 million gamble that Chad Billingsley will bounce back, signing him to one year, $1.5 million deal

Jan 28, 2015

The #Dbacks bring in one of game's greatest guys by hiring Joe Carter as special assistant to GM Dave Stewart.

Jan 28, 2015

@FitzBeatSr Done. They have 10 days to trade him. The #Mariners make the most sense for Viciedo.

Jan 28, 2015

Welcome back, David Montgomery, who will be Chairman of the #Phillies after recovering from cancer. Pat Gillick will continue as president.

Jan 28, 2015

The #WhiteSox, who tried all winter to trade OF Dayan Viciedo, designated him for assignment.Also sign IF Gordon Beckham to 1-year, $2M deal

Jan 27, 2015

The #Orioles land OF Travis Snider and the Pirates get LHP Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named from #Orioles.

Jan 27, 2015

The #RedSox acquire more pitching depth by trading for LHP Robbie Ross of #Rangers for RHP Anthony Ranaudo.

Jan 26, 2015

RIP Bill Monbouquette, the former #RedSox great who died at 78 from leukemia complications.

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