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Reliever Reynolds claimed by Dodgers
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The crosstown-rival Dodgers claimed hard-throwing reliever Danny Reynolds off waivers from the Angels on Monday, the first full day of the Winter Meetings.

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Calhoun open to making switch from RF to LF
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Could Kole Calhoun switch positions, immediately after winning the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in right field? He would if the Angels sign Jason Heyward, one of very few right fielders — perhaps the only one — who’s actually better defensively.

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Hinch keeps cool amid raised expectations
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He’s likable, smart and never short on confidence, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch is walking around the site of this year’s Winter Meetings no different from a year ago. The expectations in Houston, however, have changed.

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Astros trainers win staff of the year award
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The Astros’ athletic training staff was named the winner of the Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year for 2015 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society. The award is given annually to one Major League athletic training staff and is voted on by the full PBATS membership.

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Singer Taylor to headline Astros' dinner
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Grammy Award-winning singer James Taylor will headline the first Astros Foundation Diamond Dreams Gala dinner Jan. 22 on the field at Minute Maid Park.

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Powell is Astros' new assistant hitting coach
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The Astros have hired Alonzo Powell as their assistant hitting coach, manager A.J. Hinch said Monday. Powell, who spent the last four years with the Padres, replaces Alan Zinter, who became the hitting coach in San Diego.

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Rangers bring back Lewis on 1-year, $6M deal
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The Rangers have agreed to a deal to bring back right-hander Colby Lewis on a one-year, $6 million contract, according to Major League sources.

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Jones eager for chance with Rangers
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After coming to the Rangers in the trade that sent Leonys Martin to Seattle, outfielder James Jones is hoping to build on his strong showing in Venezuelan winter ball, following a subpar stint with the Mariners last season.

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Rangers sign reliever Barnette from Japan
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The Rangers announced Tuesday they had signed right-handed reliever Tony Barnette, a star closer in Japan last season, in a move that adds depth to their already strong bullpen.

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Iwakuma feels Seattle is right place for him
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In the end, Hisashi Iwakuma says he thinks things worked out for the best. And he got no argument from Mariners officials who were thrilled to re-sign the 34-year-old right-hander on a one-year guaranteed deal that automatically extends two more years if he pitches 162 innings each of the next two seasons.

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Astros announce '16 sports medicine staff
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The Astros completed their 2016 Major League sports medicine staff on Friday, naming Jeremiah Randall as head athletic trainer and Daniel Roberts as assistant athletic trainer. They join assistant athletic trainer James Ready.

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Premier free agent could help Halos fill hole
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The widely held belief at the Winter Meetings was that the markets for Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Davis would pick up once Ben Zobrist came off the board. Now that Zobrist has agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal with the Cubs — first reported by FOXSports.com — the […]

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