2012-13 off-season MLB newsLoading
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    Romo signs two year deal with Giants


    Sergio Romo lets loose after saving another big game for the Giants.
    Paul Kitagaki Jr. | pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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    A's acquire INF Jed Lowrie from Astros in deal that sends Max Stassi to Houston



    Twenty-one-year-old Max Stassi of Yuba City batted .268 with 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 84 games at Class A Stockton in 2012 and was considered Oakland's top catching prospect.
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    Arizona sends Upton to Braves in 7-player deal



    In this Aug. 17, 2012, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Chris Johnson makes the catch for an out of Houston Astros' Brandon Barnes during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Houston. A person familiar with the situation says Arizona has traded outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves in a deal that sends All-Star third baseman Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks. The Braves also get third baseman Chris Johnson. Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval tags out Houston's Chris Johnson in the fourth inning on a fielder's choice.
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    Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies at age 92



    Hall of Famer Stan Musial, who died Saturday at age 92, will be honored by the Cardinals this season in a manner to be determined.
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    Buster Posey among 4 Giants to reach one-year deals


    Buster Posey, who has been named N.L. Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, an All-Star and who has been part of two World Series winning Giants teams, has agreed to a one-year contract that will pay him $8 million in 2013.
    Outfielders Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco and left-hander Jose Mijares also reached agreements, the Giants said. Pence, who came to the Giants in a trade deadline deal from the Phillies last summer, will earn $13.8 million. Blanco is due $1.35 million, Mijares $1.8 million.
    José Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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    Diamondbacks come to terms with four, including Kennedy


    Ian Kennedy, in the middle of striking out a season-high 11 over seven-plus innings during a 2012 game, has been one of the National league's top right-handers the last two seasons.
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    Alex Rodriguez has hip surgery; recovery time 6 months


    During a 2012 game, Alex Rodriguez connects for an eighth-inning grand slam, the 23rd of his career, tying Lou Gehrig for the major league record.
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    Rockies agree to 1-year deal with OF Colvin

    Tyler Colvin reacts after becoming the first player to homer twice in the same game off Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
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    Braves agree to terms with Heyward, four others


    The Braves' Jason Heyward, connecting on a two-run home run during a 2012 game, hit a career-high 27 home runs that season, his third in the big leagues.
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    MLB to expand blood testing for human growth hormone


    Though he denies having used steroids or human growth hormone, suspicion that he used them or other performance-enhancing drugs are a factor in voters denying him entrance into the Hall of Fame. Major League Baseball announced it is expanding its testing for HGH to catch cheaters and reduce suspicion of the game's cleanliness.
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    Giants, Pagan agree to four-year contract

    Angel Pagan made solid contributions as the Giants' center fielder and leadoff hitter last season.
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    Evan Longoria gets $100 million added to his contract with Tampa Bay



    Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria, left, signaling to the dugout after hitting a two-run double against Toronto, is expected to spend the rest of his career with the Rays after signing a contract extension that gives him a 10-year deal and adds $100 million in guaranteed money. The All-Star third baseman missed much of the 2012 season to injury but has established himself as one of the top players at his position, both as a run-producing offensive threat and as a Gold Glove defender.
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    Athletics, suspended Colon agree on 1-year deal



    Bartolo Colon became the latest in a line of failed doping tests linked to players from baseball's Caribbean feeder nations.
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