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Source: Zimmerman, Nationals add $100 million, 6 years to contract

Posted: February 27, 2012 10:12 AM ; Updated: February 27, 2012 10:12 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ever since he became the Washington Nationals' very first draft pick, Ryan Zimmerman wanted to stay with the club for the long haul.

Now he'll get that wish.

The Nationals took what they hope is another step toward consistent contention by locking up their third baseman -- and the guy many still call the face of the franchise -- through 2019, adding six years to Zimmerman's existing contract in a deal announced Sunday.

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A's reach deal with Cuban defector Cespdes

Posted: February 13, 2012 10:35 PM ; Updated: February 13, 2012 10:35 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- After a winter of rebuilding, the Oakland Athletics were the surprise winner for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes and the A's have agreed to a $36 million, four-year contract - quite a splash for the low-budget franchise that traded away several key faces this offseason.

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Rangers, Cruz agree to two-year contract

Posted: February 10, 2012 4:26 PM ; Updated: February 10, 2012 4:26 PM

Nelson Cruz seems to be a perfect fit for the Texas Rangers with his potent bat and big personality.

With hopes of staying together even longer, AL championship series MVP Cruz and two-time defending AL champion Texas avoided arbitration by agreeing Thursday to a $16 million, two-year contract.

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Fielder reaches deal with Tigers

Posted: January 24, 2012 4:26 PM ; Updated: January 24, 2012 4:26 PM

DETROIT (AP) -- Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder and the Detroit Tigers agreed Tuesday on a nine-year, $214 million contract that fills the AL Central champions' need for a power hitter, a person familiar with the deal said.

CBS first reported the agreement.

The person told the Associated Press that the deal was subject to a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet complete.

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Darvish, Rangers reach agreement

Posted: January 19, 2012 12:51 PM ; Updated: January 19, 2012 12:53 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Yu Darvish is coming to America to pitch, for the team he really wanted to join for his next challenge.

Japan's best pitcher will play for the Texas Rangers, who scouted him for more than two years and then needed nearly every minute of a 30-day negotiating window before finalizing a $60 million, six-year contract Wednesday. It is a total investment of more than $111 million with a record posting fee.

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Padres get Quentin from White Sox for 2 prospects

Posted: December 31, 2011 5:10 PM ; Updated: December 31, 2011 5:15 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres have acquired two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin from the Chicago White Sox in an attempt to bolster their anemic offense.

Quentin grew up in the San Diego area and was a two-time All-Star with the White Sox. He has four consecutive 20-homer seasons, including 36 in 2008.

The White Sox will receive minor league pitchers Simon Castro, a right-hander, and Pedro Hernandez, a left-hander.

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Rangers win rights to negotiate with Japanese star Yu Darvish

Posted: December 20, 2011 1:28 PM ; Updated: December 20, 2011 1:29 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Texas Rangers won the Yu Darvish sweepstakes and the chance to negotiate a contract with Japan's top pitcher.

Major League Baseball announced Monday night that the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League informed the U.S. commissioner's office that they have accepted the highest bid for Darvish.

That sealed bid was submitted under the posting system by the Rangers, winners of the past two AL pennants. Now, they have 30 days to sign Darvish to a deal.

"Our ownership went the extra mile on this one," general manager Jon Daniels said on a conference call.

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