A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that third baseman David Freese has avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a one-year deal for $6.425 million. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Angels have not announced the move. Freese batted .260 in his first season with the Angels, getting off to a weak start in his first AL season before finishing with 10 homers and 55 RBIs. He filled a long-standing hole at third base for the Angels, who finished with the majors’ best record and won the AL West title.

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Fatherhood has given Ryan Braun a different perspective on baseball and life in general. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has more pressing matters to worry about right now than whether an offseason medical procedure will finally fix the nerve damage near his right thumb that affected his swing. ”It’s a lot of work,” Braun said Sunday. So overall it’s been great.” Almost everything sounded rosy on Sunday at the Brewers On Deck winter fan outreach event, where Braun, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and other teammates signed autographs and met fans.

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Today we’ll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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The Dodgers may be set to shatter baseball’s payroll record, but they aren’t the only ones spending big money.

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Pitcher Lance Lynn, among baseball’s winningest pitchers over the last three seasons, agreed Thursday to a $22 million, three-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals. Lynn’s 48 wins since 2012 are the third-most in the National League, and he’s been part of a rotation on a team that’s made it to the postseason a franchise-record four consecutive seasons. ”His performance has led to much success for both he and the Cardinals organization,” general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. Bourjos, acquired in the trade that sent David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels, hit .231 with four homers and 24 RBIs in 294 at-bats.

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Starting pitchers Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly and centerfielder Desmond Jennings were among eight Tampa Bay Rays avoiding salary arbitration hearings by agreeing to one-year contracts on Friday. Cobb, who moved to the front of the rotation after 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price was traded to Detroit last summer, will earn $4 million. Smyly, one of the players the Rays received in the Price deal, will receive $2.65 million with an opportunity to earn more in bonuses. Jake McGee will make $3.55 million and bullpen mate Kevin Jepsen $3,025,000.

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When the calendar flips to January and a brand new year begins, the optimism around Major League Baseball goes to an entirely new level. For example, we’ve already heard from Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who went on record this week saying the Cubs will win the NL Central in 2015 .  Now Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is jumping on the optimism train as it rolls by at 100 mph. During an appearance on MLB Network’s “High Heat” on Friday, the architect of Houston’s rebuilding efforts went on record predicting his ballclub will finish with a winning record for the first time since 2008. “The Astros, in my opinion, are going to have a winning record this year,” Luhnow said. “I’ll go on record as saying that. I believe this is a winning team, and I think this is the beginning of many years of winning teams.” Luhnow is not aiming as high as Rizzo in the short term, but predicting a winning record for the Astros is just as bold considering the depths the franchise fell to four years ago. Since being named general manager on Dec. 7, 2011, Luhnow has stripped the team all the way down to its foundation, which resulted in one of the ugliest win-loss stretches in MLB history. From 2011-2013, the Astros averaged 108 losses, but some light finally appeared in the tunnel last season, as Houston improved to 70-92.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with outfielder Collin Cowgill, new catcher Drew Butera and relievers Cesar Ramos and Fernando Salas.

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The Astros have agreed to one-year contracts with catchers Jason Castro and Hank Conger and left-handed reliever Tony Sipp, avoiding arbitration with the players. Conger, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels this offseason, hit .221 with four homers and 25 RBIs in 80 games last season. Castro was Houston’s every day catcher last season and hit .222 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs.

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