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Yankees, Severino agree on 4 years, $40M

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NEW YORK (AP) Right-hander Luis Severino avoided an arbitration hearing with the New York Yankees, agreeing Friday to a $40 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Severino's deal includes a team option for 2023 that could make the agreement worth $52.25 million for five seasons. If the option is not exercised, Severino would be eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical.

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Marlins, Romo finalize 1-yr., $2.5M deal

MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Sergio Romo and the Miami Marlins have finalized a one-year contract that guarantees the reliever $2.5 million.

Romo can earn an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses for games finished as part of the deal announced Friday: $50,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 games finished.

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A's sign Grossman; place Gossett on IL

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The Oakland Athletics signed outfielder Robbie Grossman to a one-year, $2 million contract Friday.

To make room for Grossman on the 40-man roster, right-hander Daniel Gossett was placed on the 60-day injured list.

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Giants reach agreement with INF Solarte

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Switch-hitting, versatile infielder Yangervis Solarte has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.

He will provide infield depth for manager Bruce Bochy. Solarte played every infield position last season for the Blue Jays, making 83 starts at third base and 28 at second.

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Tigers beat RHP Fulmer in arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Detroit beat pitcher Michael Fulmer in the final salary arbitration case this year, leaving players with a 6-4 final record in decisions.

Fulmer was awarded a raise from $575,200 to $2.8 million by Matt Goldberg, Robert Herzog and Elizabeth Neumeier, who heard the case Wednesday. Fulmer had asked for $3.4 million.

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Bauer says Tribe attacked his character

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer thought the Cleveland Indians had presented a better overall case against him in their latest salary arbitration hearing, until the last 10 minutes in a rebuttal by Major League Baseball labor relations staff he viewed as "character assassination" against him.

"That kind of put a black mark on what I thought was a really well-argued case on both sides," Bauer said Thursday, a day after beating the Indians in arbitration for the second year in a row. "There's no room for that. ... Let's just stick to the numbers. Let the numbers decide."

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Twins give Kepler, Polanco 5-year deals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have locked up a pair of young position players for the long term by agreeing to five-year contracts with right fielder Max Kepler and shortstop Jorge Polanco.

The contracts were announced Friday, a day after they were reached as pitchers and catchers went through their first workout in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Cubs, LHP Cedeno agree on 1 year, $900K

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $900.000, one-year contract.

The deal is not guaranteed, meaning Cedeno could be released for termination pay before opening day.

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Angels RHP Harvey suffers glute strain

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Los Angeles Angels right-hander Matt Harvey will be sidelined for at least a week as a precaution because of a glute strain he felt during agility drills. He said he expects to be ready by opening day.

"It's nothing to be alarmed about," Harvey said Thursday. "It's unfortunate it's this early and with a new team and I have to miss a little time. I'll pick up right where I left off."

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