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Carter sent to free agency; Conger traded
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The Astros non-tendered slugger Chris Carter prior to Wednesday’s deadline to offer him salary arbitration, making him a free agent.

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Conger sad to move on after 'fun' season
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Switch-hitting catcher Hank Conger, who belted 11 home runs in a backup role to Astros starter Jason Castro in 2015, is moving on to his third team in three years, having been dealt Wednesday to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations.

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Gonzalez, Singleton aid Houston food drive
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Astros Marwin Gonzalez and Jon Singleton appeared at a Houston Kroger store for the “Fill the Freezer” food drive to benefit the Star of Hope Mission on Thursday.

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Injured Astros on track for Spring Training
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Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena and relief pitcher Pat Neshek both recently underwent minor foot surgeries and should be ready for the start of Spring Training, general manager Jeff Luhnow revealed on Monday.

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Angels add outfielder Ortega on 1-year deal
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The Angels signed outfielder Rafael Ortega to a one-year, Major League contract on Tuesday, providing them with additional outfield depth and a potential left-handed-hitting option off the bench.

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Angels trade Cowgill to Indians, non-tender Ramos
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The Angels traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Indians for cash considerations and non-tendered lefty reliever Cesar Ramos on Wednesday, the deadline to tender contracts to unsigned players.

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Senator Mitch McConnell: Nationals 'need to get rid of Papelbon'
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Washington Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has always been known for inspiring hot opinions. Whether he’s commenting about being traded to a better team or making an obscene gesture directed at the fans, Papelbon always seems to put himself in controversial situations. At this point, it’s not just the fans who have noticed. Papelbon’s actions, specifically […]

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Jason Heyward preferred the young Cubs to the aging Cardinals
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Jason Heyward had 184 million rather obvious reasons to choose the Chicago Cubs during his free-agent courting process. But there was another reason the Cubs appealed to Heyward more than the St. Louis Cardinals — the Cubs’ youth. The Cubs introduced Heyward to the media Tuesday, making official his eight-year contract worth $184 million. He […]

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Hot Stove Digest: Brandon Phillips could get traded to Nats
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Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the Internet. A NATIONAL REUNION? Ken Rosenthal says the Nats and Reds have talked about a trade that would […]

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Signing Henderson Alvarez would be wise gamble for A's
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Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane is always looking for a low-risk gamble that could turn profitable for his ballclub. His latest signing may prove to be that and then some, as he’s reportedly reached a one-year, $4.25 contract with former All-Star Henderson Alvarez. The 25-year-old right-hander was non-tendered by the Miami Marlins this winter […]

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Hot Stove Digest: Jonathan Papelbon updates his no-trade list
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Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the Internet. DIRTY DOZEN: Jonathan Papelbon can be traded to 12 teams without his permission based on his new […]

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Report: Reds waiting on Phillips to waive no-trade to Nats
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A proposed trade that would send Brandon Phillips to the Washington Nationals reportedly remains on hold Friday because the Cincinnati Reds second baseman has yet to waive his no-trade clause. Sources tell Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post that the reported agreement struck between the two sides late Thursday now hinges on whether the Reds […]

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