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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."

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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.

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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.

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Mets sign RHP Swarzak for 2 years, $14M

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press that free-agent reliever Anthony Swarzak has reached a deal with the New York Mets.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday at the winter meetings because Swarzak still needed to complete a physical. Swarzak is set to get $14 million over two years.

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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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Mariners acquire 2 pitchers from Rays

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Seattle Mariners have landed two pitchers in a pair of trades in exchange for some of the international slot money the club had acquired in the hopes of landing Shohei Ohtani.

The Mariners got right-hander Shawn Armstrong from Cleveland on Wednesday and picked up minor-league lefty Anthony Misiewicz from Tampa Bay. Misiewicz was previously in the Mariners organization before being dealt to Tampa Bay last season.

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Padres acquire 3B Headley from Yankees

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The New York Yankees made a rare payroll dump, creating flexibility to add starting pitching.

Third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell were dealt to San Diego on Tuesday for 28-year-old outfielder Jabari Blash, who made his big league debut in 2016 and has played in 99 games in the majors over two seasons.

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O's Machado may have new position, team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado could be on the move.

To a new position - or a new team.

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Mariners P Iwakuma could be back by May

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma could be back as soon as May after surgery on his right shoulder.

The 36-year-old Iwakuma made only six starts last season, going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA. The problems with his pitching shoulder sent him to the disabled list in May and caused setbacks during his recovery.

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