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1B Abreu joins Astros on 3-year deal

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HOUSTON (AP) Jose Abreu has spent his entire nine-year MLB career with the Chicago White Sox, but Astros owner Jim Crane isn't worried about how the newly signed first baseman will fit in with his teammates in Houston.

"Jose pulled out his phone last night and had the phone numbers of our entire team," Crane said with a laugh. "So, I guess he knows some of the guys."

Abreu was introduced in Houston on Tuesday after signing a three-year contract with the World Series champions, adding another powerful hitter to a lineup full of them and filling the team's biggest offseason need.

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MLBPA extends Clark through 2027

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Major League Baseball Players Association has voted to extend the contract of executive director Tony Clark through 2027.

The 50-year-old Clark - who had a 15-year big league career, mostly with the Tigers and Diamondbacks - helped broker the players' current labor deal with MLB. After several contentious months of negotiations, the MLBPA and MLB agreed to the new deal in March, which saved a full 162-game season.

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Candelario, Nats agree to 1-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) Infielder Jeimer Candelario agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, giving the club someone to compete for the starting job at third base.

The 29-year-old Candelario is a switch-hitter who is coming off a down year for the Detroit Tigers, hitting just .217 with a .272 on-base percentage in 2022.

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Pirates sign veteran 1B/DH Santana

PITTSBURGH (AP) Carlos Santana tugged at his new Pittsburgh Pirates cap, pulled at his jersey and broke into an impromptu dance.

Cities change. Circumstances change. Expectations change. The urge to get loose whenever the moment strikes the veteran first baseman/designated hitter does not.

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ChiSox round out Grifol's coaching staff

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox rounded out their coaching staff under new manager Pedro Grifol on Tuesday, hiring Jose Castro as their hitting coach and Eddie Rodriguez as third base coach.

They also announced Chris Johnson as assistant hitting coach, Mike Tosar as major league fielding coordinator and Geoff Head is senior director of sports performance. Daryl Boston returns as first base coach.

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White Sox give RHP Clevinger 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was subject to a successful physical.

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Ohtani voted top DH for 2nd year in row

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani has been voted the majors' best designated hitter for the second consecutive season.

The Los Angeles Angels' two-way slugger won the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award on Monday, beating out Houston's Yordan Alvarez as the top player at the position in 2022.

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Panel to consider Bonds, Clemens for HOF

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Hall of Famers Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Jack Morris and Ryne Sandberg are among 16 members of the contemporary baseball era committee that will meet Sunday to consider the Cooperstown fate of an eight-man ballot that includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro.

Hall of Famers Lee Smith, Frank Thomas and Alan Trammell also are on the panel, which will meet in San Diego ahead of the winter meetings.

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Twins name Joe Pohlad executive chair

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins owner Jim Pohlad has handed day-to-day operations of the club to his nephew Joe Pohlad, the third generation of family leadership of the franchise.

Jim Pohlad announced the transition in a letter to staff on Monday and made public by the Twins. He said he will remain controlling owner, involved in Twins and Major League Baseball business. Joe Pohlad will become executive chair, and president and CEO Dave St. Peter and president of baseball operations Derek Falvey will report directly to him.

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