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Zach Eflin agrees to deal with Rays (source)

ST. PETERSBURG — While their top priority this offseason is improving their lineup, the Rays’ first significant addition was a move meant to upgrade their already-imposing starting rotation. The Rays are in agreement on a three-year, $40 million contract with right-hander Zach Eflin — the first notable strike on the free-agent pitching market this offseason …

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Gaylord Perry passes away

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Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry dead at age 84

CNN  —  Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young award winner Gaylord Perry has died at age 84. Cherokee County Coroner Dennis G. Fowler confirmed Perry died of natural causes at around 5 a.m. on Thursday at his home in Gaffney, South Carolina. “Gaylord Perry was a consistent workhorse and a memorable figure in …

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José Abreu on signing three-year deal with Astros

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Miguel Cabrera hopeful for healthy final season before retirement

Miguel Cabrera spent the past two seasons chasing firsts, reaching milestones and career totals that no Venezuelan-born player had found before. He is now coming to grips that he has entered a period of lasts: One last winter workout program, one last season to play the game he loves and that he has excelled at …

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