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Santiago, Angels avoid arbitration with $5M deal
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The Angels avoided arbitration with Hector Santiago on Friday afternoon, signing him to a $5 million contract for 2016.

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Mariners sign Cook for bullpen depth
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Right-handed reliever Ryan Cook, a 2012 American League All-Star who endured a rough season last year with the A’s and Red Sox, became the latest “bounce-back” candidate signed by the Mariners.

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Junior shared more than No. 24 with Mays
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Ken Griffey Jr. wasn’t afraid of unfair comparisons to Willie Mays when he chose to wear the Say Hey Kid’s No. 24 as a 19-year-old Mariners rookie in 1989, and an examination of his Hall of Fame career shows he lived up to the Giants’ legend.

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Luhnow: Rotation depth still priority for Astros
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With six weeks remaining until the start of Spring Training, the Astros continue to have an eye on improving the team for 2016, though it appears the heavy lifting is complete.

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New video board, foul poles at Globe Life Park
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The Rangers are installing a new video scoreboard and new foul poles to Globe Life Park in Arlington for the upcoming season.

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Mariners to release Bass so he can pitch in Japan
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The Mariners have requested unconditional release waivers on right-handed reliever Anthony Bass in order to allow him to pitch in Japan next season, the club announced Thursday.

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Scout recalls Griffey's early brilliance
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Tom Mooney was the Seattle Mariners’ area scout in 1987, and he put in the first and the strongest recommendations for the franchise on a high school prospect named Ken Griffey Jr.

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Around the Horn: Lowrie to man second for A's
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A multi-part Around the Horn series, which features a position-by-position look at Oakland’s projected starters and backup options heading into the season, turns its focus to second base after the first installment covering first base.

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Salmon laments Halos' lack of Hall members
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Four of Tim Salmon’s most distinguished former Angels teammates debuted on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, but they all received less than 5-percent approval from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and thus dropped off the ballot.

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Rangers could see Pudge enter HOF in '17
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Former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who retired after the 2011 season, will make his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot next year.

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Springer thrills fans during Astroline appearance
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It was the kind of reception that would have made Elvis all shook up with envy. Dozens of Astros fans packed a midtown restaurant on Wednesday night for a glimpse of Astros right fielder George Springer, who was the guest on the team’s weekly call-in radio show, Astroline.

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Aside from Bagwell, other Astros improve Hall chances
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While former slugger Jeff Bagwell appears to be knocking on the door of election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a couple of other former Astros made strides toward Cooperstown on Wednesday, when voting for the Class of 2016 was unveiled by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

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