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Catcher Ja­son Cas­tro, An­gels fi­nal­ize $6.85M, 1-year deal

ANA­HEIM — Catcher Ja­son Cas­tro has fi­nal­ized a $6.85 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with the Los An­ge­les An­gels. The An­gels an­nounced the agree­ment Tues­day af­ter the sides reached a deal last week. Left-han­der Adal­berto Me­jía was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment to make room.

The 32-year-old Cas­tro is a re­spected de­fen­sive catcher who com­mit­ted just one er­ror last sea­son and bol­stered his rep­u­ta­tion for work­ing well with young pitch­ers. He spent the last three sea­sons with the Min­nesota Twins, and he posted a ca­reer-best .767 on-base per­cent­age last sea­son while con­tribut­ing 13 homers and 30 RBIs. The Bay Area na­tive is ex­pected to join

Max Stassi as the An­gels’ new catch­ing duo. Both are for­mer Hous­ton Astros catch­ers.

Cal­i­for­nia bill aims to boost safety af­ter race­horse deaths

SACRA­MENTO — A Cal­i­for­nia law­maker in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion Tues­day that could re­quire more safe­guards for race­horses af­ter dozens died in re­cent years at a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia track.

Demo­cratic Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa said his bill is ex­pected to in­clude re­forms rec­om­mended by the Cal­i­for­nia Horse Rac­ing Board.

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