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LeMahieu back with Yanks on 6-year deal

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NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu worked Friday to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.

LeMahieu, who turns 33 in July, became the first player to win undisputed batting titles in both leagues. He won his first AL batting title last year at .364, the highest average for an AL batting champion since Minnesota's Joe Mauer hit .365 in 2009, after winning the NL championship with Colorado in 2016.

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Dodgers, Bellinger agree to 1 yr., $16M

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers star Cody Bellinger agreed to a $16.1 million, one-year contract Friday with the World Series champions that avoided salary arbitration.

The Los Angeles outfielder and first baseman was the 2019 NL MVP and 2017 NL Rookie of the Year. He hit a career-low .239 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs in the shortened season, down from a .305 average with 47 homers and 115 RBIs, all career bests.

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Yanks OF Judge agrees to $10.175M salary

NEW YORK (AP) Slugging outfielder Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a one-year contract worth $10,175,000.

Judge had his third straight injury-interrupted season since winning the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year award, hitting .257 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in 101 at-bats and 28 games. After homering in his first five games, he strained his right calf and played just once between Aug. 11 and Sept. 16.

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Brewers reach deals with Hader, Woodruff

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers avoided going to arbitration with pitchers Josh Hader and Brandon Woodruff by agreeing to one-year contracts with the former All-Stars.

Hader signed for $6,675,000 while Woodruff agreed to a $3,275,000 deal. The Brewers don't have any arbitration cases.

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White Sox, Hendriks finalize 3-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have finalized a $54 million, three-year deal with Oakland Athletics closer Liam Hendriks, another big move as they set their sights on a championship run.

The deal announced Friday calls for a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $11 million this season, $13 million in 2022 and $14 million in 2023. The White Sox hold a $15 million option for 2024 with a $15 million buyout that would be paid in 10 equal installments from 2024-33.

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Mets agree to deals with Smith, Conforto

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets agreed to one-year contracts with first baseman-outfielder Dominic Smith, outfielders Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo and pitchers Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.

Smith will make $2.55 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility, Conforto is set to receive $12.25 million in his third eligible year, and Nimmo gets $4.7 million and Diaz $7 million in their second years. Lugo agreed to $2,925,000, and Gsellman will make $1.3 million.

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Marlins sign top Cuban prospect Cappe

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins agreed to contract terms with all of their arbitration-eligible players, including third baseman Brian Anderson.

Miami also announced deals Friday with catcher Jorge Alfaro and three relievers - Yimi Garcia, Richard Bleier and Adam Cimber.

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Chapman among 6 A's avoiding arbitration

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Slick-fielding third baseman Matt Chapman reached agreement Friday on a $6.49 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid arbitration, and the club also secured deals with its five other arbitration-eligible players.

Chapman earned a hefty raise after making $230,926 in prorated pay of his $623,500 salary in the coronavirus-shortened 2020 season.

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3 Phillies agree to 1-year deals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies agreed to one-year contracts with first baseman Rhys Hoskins, right-hander Vince Velasquez and left-hander Jose Alvarado on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.

Hoskins will earn $4.8 million in 2021, Velasquez gets $4 million and Alvarado makes $1 million.

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