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Phils ink RHP Wheeler for 5 years, $118M

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies filled their biggest need quickly.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler and the Phillies agreed to a $118 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement, which is subject to a successful physical, had not been announced.


Hamels, Braves agree to $18M for 1 year

ATLANTA (AP) Alex Anthopoulos believes Cole Hamels can help the Atlanta Braves win big in next season- and help the team's young starters have more success for years to come.

Hamels, who turns 36 this month. agreed Wednesday to an $18 million, one-year contract with the busy Braves, one of the more active teams this offseason.


MLB mulls testing, no bans for opioids

MIAMI (AP) Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark.

Talks to add testing for opioids began following the death this year of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Players have been tested for performance-enhancing substances since 2004 and for banned stimulants since 2006.


Carrasco, Donaldson win Comeback awards

NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco and Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson have won the Comeback Player of the Year awards.

Major League Baseball made the announcement on Wednesday.


St. Pete won't share Rays with Montreal

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The mayor of St. Petersburg says the city will not allow the Tampa Bay Rays to pursue a plan to split home games between new stadiums that would be built in Florida and Montreal.

Mayor Rick Kriseman informed the City Council in a memo Wednesday that he and the team agree that the "best path forward" is to abide by an existing contract that requires the Rays to play at Tropicana Field through 2027.


Angels to stay in Anaheim through 2050

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have reached a proposed agreement to stay in Anaheim through 2050 as part of a deal in which they will pay $325 million to buy Angel Stadium and its surrounding parking lots from the city.

The Angels and the city government announced the deal Wednesday that likely secures the franchise's long-term future in Orange County. The deal allows the team to decide whether to use the property to build a new stadium, which would be funded by the Angels.


Yankees to meet with Cole, Strasburg

NEW YORK (AP) Gerrit Cole, the top pitcher on the free-agent market, was set to meet with New York Yankees officials in California on Tuesday.

General manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and new Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake made the trip to speak with the 29-year-old right-hander, a person familiar with the planning said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the meeting was not announced.


Mets' Davis unaware of sign stealing

NEW YORK (AP) J.D. Davis maintains he was not aware of any electronic sign stealing by the Astros in 2017, when he made his major league debut with Houston.

"I wish I would have known because I batted only like .180, .200 or something like that," he said Wednesday after playing the elf during the New York Mets' holiday party for children. "I really have no idea or no clue."


Red Sox sign INF Hernandez, LHP Osich

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have signed infielder Marco Hernandez and left-hander Josh Osich to one-year contracts.

They were the only two players the team non-tendered at Monday's deadline, making them free agents.

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