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Padres, Bogaerts agree to 11 yrs., $280M

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SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster $280 million, 11-year contract Wednesday night, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

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Yanks keep Judge with 9-year, $360M deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) Aaron Judge has issued his ruling: Court remains in session in the Bronx.

Judge is staying with the New York Yankees on a $360 million, nine-year contract, according to a person familiar with baseball's biggest free agent deal ever.

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C Contreras to Cards for 5 years, $87.5M

SAN DIEGO (AP) Willson Contreras is going to St. Louis to replace Yadier Molina at catcher, agreeing to an $87.5 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

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Dodgers sign OF Heyward to minors deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal on Thursday and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

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DeGrom sold on Rangers' vision of future

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom sees the vision of what the Texas Rangers want to do, not their streak of six consecutive losing seasons and being more than a decade removed from their only World Series appearances.

"The Rangers did a great job with constant communication and making me feel like they really wanted me here," deGrom said Thursday during his introduction in Texas. "The vision was the same, build something great, and win year in and year out."

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Phillies draft active duty Navy aviator

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies took U.S. Navy aviator Noah Song in the Rule 5 draft Wednesday, hoping the former top pitching prospect can still be effective once he completes his military service.

There is no definitive date on when the 25-year-old Song might be able to join the Phillies.

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Closer Jansen to BoSox for 2 years, $32M

SAN DIEGO (AP) Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $32 million, two-year deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

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Mets add LHP Quintana for 2 years, $26M

SAN DIEGO (AP) The New York Mets and Jose Quintana agreed to a $26 million, two-year contract on Wednesday, adding another veteran arm to the team's rotation.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

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Cubs radio voice Hughes wins Frick Award

CHICAGO (AP) Pat Hughes, the longtime radio voice of the Chicago Cubs, won the Hall of Fame's 2023 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting on Wednesday.

The 67-year-old Hughes is the third Cubs broadcaster to receive the award, joining Jack Brickhouse in 1983 and Harry Caray in 1989. He has been the team's radio announcer for 27 seasons after spending 1983 with Minnesota and 1984-95 with Milwaukee.

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