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Cardinals reach deal with OF Fowler

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Dexter Fowler is headed from the World Series champions to their biggest rival.

After helping the Chicago Cubs end their long championship drought, he finalized an $82.5 million, five-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Fowler fills the last big hole left in the Cardinals lineup after moves made earlier in the offseason to shore up the bullpen.

"It was an honor just to be considered to be in the Cardinals organization," said Fowler, who will wear No. 25 in honor of his mentor, Barry Bonds, because his usual 24 is retired by the Cardinals.

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Red Sox ink 1B Moreland to replace Ortiz

BOSTON (AP) Free agent first baseman Mitch Moreland was already excited about joining the Boston Red Sox when the team made a move that made it even more appealing.

One day after trading for five-time All-Start left-hander Chris Sale, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Moreland on a $5.5 million, one-year deal to share time with Hanley Ramirez at first base.

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Rodney, D-backs finalize $2.75M contract

PHOENIX (AP) Closer Fernando Rodney and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $2.75 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $4 million in performance bonuses.

Rodney agreed to the deal earlier this week, and it was completed Friday after he passed a physical.

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Former Yanks VP to sell ALCS, WS rings

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) A former New York Yankees executive is selling his World Series rings.

Felix Lopez is the estranged husband of Yankees co-owner Jessica Steinbrenner, a daughter of late owner George Steinbrenner.

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Brewers RHP Bickford suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) Milwaukee right-hander Phil Bickford, the 18th overall pick in baseball's 2015 amateur draft, has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season following a second positive test for a drug of abuse under the sport's minor league drug program.

Bickford, 21, is on the roster of Milwaukee's Class A Carolina Mudcats of the Carolina League. He signed with the San Francisco for a $2,333,800 bonus and was traded at this year's Aug. 1 deadline to the Brewers along with catcher Andrew Susac for left-hander Will Smith.

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Tigers, INF Infante agree to minors deal

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with infielder Omar Infante on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Detroit announced 14 minor league deals Friday, including one with the 34-year-old Infante. He played 39 games in the major leagues last season with Kansas City, hitting .239 with no home runs. He began his big league career with the Tigers back in 2002 and had a second stint with Detroit from 2012-13.

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Pirates GM: Keeping McCutchen right move

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) All-Star closers Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon and Wade Davis moved to different bullpens. Chris Sale boosted a big rotation in Boston. And the Washington Nationals got their fans talking - a lot.

As teams packed up along the Potomac River and headed home Thursday, a look at what did and didn't happen this week at the winter meetings:

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Yankees sign Chapman for 5 years, $86M

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Boston's Dave Dombrowski walked up to Brian Cashman outside the room where the winter meeting draft was about to start Thursday and gave the Yankees general manager a slap on the back.

"You're so kind to stop by and say hello to us little guys," the New York general manager teased.

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BoSox get Rutledge back in Rule 5 draft

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) The Boston Red Sox have reunited with utility infielder Josh Rutledge, taking him in the draft of players left off major league rosters.

Boston picked Rutledge in the Rule 5 draft Thursday at the winter meetings, plucking him off the Triple-A roster of the Colorado Rockies.

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BoSox-Brewers trade contains $100 clause

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) A hundred dollars can still go a long way in baseball.

This week, the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers made a trade involving two big leaguers, two minor leaguers and a player to be named later or cash.

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