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Báez agrees with Tigers on six-year contract


Javier Báez is taking his high motor to Motor City.

Báez agreed to a six-year, $140 million contract with Detroit, giving the Tigers a dynamic bat for the middle of their order.

Báez, 29, hit .265 with 31 homers and 87 RBI in 138 games with the Cubs and Mets this past season. The move probably puts Báez back at shortstop after he finished the year at second base while playing alongside Francisco Lindor in New York.

The contract is pending a physical, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation who spoke to the Associated Press on Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized.

Báez and Detroit reached an agreement right before what probably will be MLB’S first work stoppage since 1995. The five-year collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, and owners were expected to lock out the players if the sides can’t reach a new labor deal in time.

MARLINS: Miami completed the signing of right-hander Sandy Alcantara to a five-year contract.

The sides agreed Sunday to a deal worth $56 million. The Marlins said the deal also includes an option for a sixth season.

It’s a record-setting deal for Miami in a couple of different ways. It’s the longest and richest in history for any first-year arbitratio­neligible pitcher, according to the Marlins, and the longest the current team ownership group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter has given a player.

The 26-year-old Alcantara went 9-15 with a 3.19 ERA in 33 games, all of them starts, this past season.

WHITE SOX: Kendall Graveman talked to Lance Lynn and Dallas Keuchel, and he exchanged text messages with Liam Hendriks.

All that homework led him to Chicago.

Graveman agreed to a threeyear, $24 million contract, giving the White Sox additional flexibilit­y with their bullpen.

Chicago also brought back veteran utility man Leury García with a three-year contract.

BREWERS: Milwaukee added two catchers by signing Pedro Severino and Brett Sullivan to one-year contracts.

PIRATES: Pittsburgh agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million with former Cleveland catcher Roberto Pérez, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press.

RAYS: Tampa Bay signed reliever Brooks Raley to a two-year, $10 million contract with a club option for 2024.

The defending American League East champions also traded all-star infielder Joey Wendle to Miami for minor league outfielder Kameron Misner and agreed with first baseman Ji-man Choi on a one-year, $3.2 million deal that avoids arbitratio­n.

CUBS: Chicago added another catcher, agreeing to a twoyear, $13 million contract with Yan Gomes.

The 34-year-old Gomes played for Washington and Oakland this past season, batting .252 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 103 games.

BRAVES: Atlanta locked up Manager Brian Snitker for three more seasons after it exercised the option for the 2024 season on Snitker’s contract.

ANGELS: Right-hander Michael Lorenzen agreed to a oneyear, $6.75 million contract with Los Angeles.

The Anaheim, Calif., native spent his first seven seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.

ORIOLES: Baltimore agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Rougned Odor.

The 27-year-old Odor spent last season with the New York Yankees, hitting .202 with 15 home runs and 39 RBI in 102 games.

YANKEES: Infielder Gio Urshela agreed to a one-year, $6.55 million deal, and righthande­d starter Domingo Germán agreed to $1.75 million deal.

ASTROS: Houston signed right-hander Héctor Neris to a two-year, $17 million contract with an option for 2024, bringing an experience­d closer to the AL champions.

Neris saved 84 games over eight seasons for Philadelph­ia.

GIANTS: San Francisco and right-hander Alex Cobb agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with a club option for 2024.

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