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Cardinals to acquire Ozuna from Marlins

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical.

"Ozuna is one of those names that you have to have great respect, especially as much we see him," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said at the winter meetings. "We're at that necessary point of talking through health always, no matter what the player is. It's not just a formality."


Angels to get 2B Kinsler from Tigers

DETROIT (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Tigers have agreed to trade veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor leaguers.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal hadn't been announced. Detroit receives 18-year-old right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and 23-year-old outfielder Troy Montgomery.


Boras: Harper extension talks underway

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) With Bryce Harper a year from free agency, the agent for Washington's star opened contract talk with the Nationals.

The 25-year-old right fielder earned $13,625,000 this year and agreed last May to a 2018 deal for $21,625,000.


Angels: Ohtani to be ready for spring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels knew Shohei Ohtani was recovering from a sprained elbow before they agreed to a minor league contract with the Japanese right-hander and outfielder.

"I think that's past him, and our understanding is there is no restrictions at all going into spring training, and he'll get down there in plenty of time and be ready to go," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday at the winter meetings.


Mets sign RHP Swarzak for 2 years, $14M

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak is reuniting with Mickey Callaway, the new manager of the New York Mets.

The 32-year-old right-hander and the Mets have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday at the winter meetings because the agreement has not been announced and is subject to successful physical.


Twins sign RHP Pineda, who may miss 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have taken another step toward deepening their starting pitching.

This boost won't take effect for a while.


Astros give RHP Joe Smith 2-year deal

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Right-hander Joe Smith and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year contract.

The 33-year-old was 3-0 with one save and 71 strikeouts over 54 innings in 59 relief appearances this year for Toronto and Cleveland, which reacquired him for a pair of minor leaguers at the July 31 trade deadline. Smith pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings over four games in the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees.


Marlins cut Volquez, may bring him back

MIAMI (AP) Injured right-hander Edinson Volquez has been released by the Miami Marlins, who might bring him back on a minor league contract.

Volquez had Tommy John surgery in August and could miss the entire 2018 season. Despite his release Wednesday, the Marlins owe him $13 million next season, the second year of a two-year, $22 million contract.


Boras: Marlins a 'pawn shop' under Jeter

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Agent Scott Boras says Derek Jeter and his ownership group are turning the Miami Marlins into a pawn shop.

Boras' comment Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings is yet another jab at the Marlins' direction under new CEO Jeter.

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