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Phils, 1B Santana agree to 3 yrs., $60M

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) First baseman Carlos Santana became the first of the offseason's big-name free agents to find a new home, agreeing Friday to a $60 million, three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to two people familiar with the deal.

The people spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is contingent on Santana passing a physical.

Santana became the first to reach a deal among the nine free agents who last month rejected $17.4 million qualifying offers from their former teams.

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Angels land INF Cozart for 3 years, $38M

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) All-Star infielder Zack Cozart has agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels and is likely to shift from shortstop to third base.

Cozart gets $13 million in each of the next two seasons and $12 million in 2020 as part the deal announced Friday.

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HOF Rose defamation lawsuit dismissed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A defamation lawsuit filed by Pete Rose last year against the lawyer who got him kicked out of baseball has been dismissed.

Federal court documents show Rose's suit against John Dowd was dismissed Friday.

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Former Tigers All-Star P Lary dies at 87

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Frank Lary, the star Detroit Tigers pitcher who was called the Yankee Killer because of his success against New York's big-hitting lineup, has died at 87.

He died Wednesday night after being hospitalized in Tuscaloosa with pneumonia, nephew Joe Lary said.

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Rockies finalize deals with Shaw, McGee

DENVER (AP) Colorado finalized $27 million, three-year contracts with right-hander Bryan Shaw and lefty Jake McGee on Friday, moves the Rockies hope will fortify their bullpen.

The 30-year-old Shaw was 4-6 with three saves and a 3.52 ERA last season for Cleveland. His 475 appearances since his 2011 debut are the third-most among relief pitchers in that span.

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Cubs bolster bullpen with RHP Cishek

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says side-arming reliever Steve Cishek and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year contract.

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

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Twins sign RHP Rodney for 1 year, $4.5M

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have announced the signing of right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year contract.

The deal reached during Major League Baseball's winter meetings and confirmed by the team Friday brings an experienced, three-time All-Star closer to a bullpen in need of a ninth-inning specialist. The contract, with a club option for the 2019 season, is worth $4.5 million.

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Unions unveil player rights' declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) Leaders from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball players associations helped unveil a universal declaration of player rights that is designed to establish a new approach to governing sports and protecting athletes.

Among the 17 articles laid out in the declaration are rights to unionize and collectively bargain, express opinions freely and receive equal pay for equal work. The declaration was made Thursday by the World Players Association, which is affiliated with 100 organizations that represent 85,000 professional athletes.

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Judge eager to play alongside Stanton

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Aaron Judge can't wait to get to spring training and start learning from new teammate Giancarlo Stanton.

The reigning AL Rookie of the Year alongside the NL MVP. What a sluggin' 1-2 punch in the middle of the New York Yankees' lineup - not to mention the daily entertainment during batting practice.

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