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McCutchen, Phils agree to 3 years, $50M

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LAS VEGAS (AP) All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement, which includes a club option for 2022, is subject to a successful physical.

The 32-year-old McCutchen was an All-Star each season from 2011-15, topping .300 in batting average from 2012-14. He was the NL MVP in 2013.

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Jays release SS Tulowitzki, owe him $38M

LAS VEGAS (AP) Troy Tulowitzki has been released by the Toronto Blue Jays, who owe the oft-injured shortstop $38 million for the remaining two years of his contract.

Now 34, Tulowitzki has not played in the major leagues since July 2017. He was limited that year to 66 games because of a hamstring and right ankle injury. The ankle required surgery last spring and he missed the entire season.

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White Sox acquire RHP Nova from Pirates

LAS VEGAS (AP) Right-hander Ivan Nova was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation.

A 31-year-old right-hander, Nova was 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 29 starts this season, striking out 114 in 161 innings. He is 78-64 with a 4.26 ERA in nine seasons with the New York Yankees (2010-16) and Pirates (2016-18).

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Rays reopen ballpark site search

LAS VEGAS (AP) Rays owner Stuart Sternberg will reopen the site search for a new ballpark after concluding plans for a stadium in Tampa's Ybor City area can't be finalized by this month's deadline.

Sternberg said any new ballpark can't open until at least 2024 and the team must start thinking about where it will play when its lease at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field ends after the 2027 season.

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Action at winter meetings picks up

LAS VEGAS (AP) Andrew McCutchen moving into Philadelphia's outfield, more talk about a megadeal involving Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto and veteran pitcher Ivan Nova on the go.

The winter meetings picked up a bit Tuesday, but any big deals for the likes of Corey Kluber, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remained on deck.

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Callaway: OK for Cano not to run hard

LAS VEGAS (AP) Half a loaf is better than none for New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway when it comes to Robinson Cano.

New York's new second baseman has been criticized at times for not running hard to first base when he hits infield grounders. Callaway says the 36-year-old is just protecting his body in a way that makes sense.

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Pujols, Ohtani progressing from injuries

LAS VEGAS (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has been cleared to do extensive upper body work and also has begun low-impact lower body exercises as he recovers from surgery on his left knee and right elbow.

Pujols isn't yet ready to swing a bat but continues to progress as he works with a strength coach, general manager Billy Eppler said. The first baseman and designated hitter had season-ending knee surgery in August followed by the elbow procedure in September to remove bone spurs.

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Heisman winner Murray thrills A's

LAS VEGAS (AP) Whenever Kyler Murray scrambles, the Oakland Athletics cringe.

They definitely don't want their prized baseball prospect hurt on the football field.

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Stark wins Hall of Fame's Spink Award

LAS VEGAS (AP) Jayson Stark, acclaimed for mixing humor with impeccable knowledge during more than four decades of commentary, has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend from July 19-22 in Cooperstown, New York.

The 67-year-old received 270 of 463 votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America with at least 10 consecutive years in the organization.

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