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Nats avoid arbitration with OF Robles

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WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration with outfielder Victor Robles, agreeing Monday to a one-year contract worth $2,325,000 as part of a deal that includes a club option for 2024.

Robles would make $3.3 million in 2024 if the option is exercised. There is no buyout.

Robles is one of only a few players left from Washington's 2019 World Series championship team and the only position player left from the team's starting lineup during that run.


Twins' Correa to skip WBC with wife due

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins and Carlos Correa made a mutual decision that the shortstop will skip the World Baseball Classic for family reasons, with his wife expecting a baby during the tournament.

The Twins announced Monday that Correa will not participate with the Puerto Rico national team for the fifth edition of the event, which was last played in 2017. Correa's wife, Daniella, is due with the couple's second child on March 11. The WBC begins on March 8.


Greinke can earn $15M this year with KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Zack Greinke can earn up to $15 million in his one-year contract to return to the Kansas City Royals.

The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner rejoined the Royals last year for the first time since 2010 and went 4-9 with a 3.68 ERA in 26 starts and 137 innings. He had a $13 million salary last year and then became a free agent. His deal announced Friday includes an $8.5 million salary for this year.


Kinsler back with Texas in front office

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler returned to the team as a special assistant to general manager Chris Young, his teammate in the organization's minor league system nearly two decades ago.

Young said Monday that Kinsler, who was part of the franchise's only two World Series teams in 2010 and 2011, will be heavily involved in player development and providing mentorship to both players and staff.


P Thompson, Rays to salary arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Reliever Ryan Thompson went to a salary arbitration hearing with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday with the sides just $200,000 apart.

Thompson asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million during a hearing before John Stout, Allen Ponak and Stephen Raymond.


Suspended Tatis focused on redemption

SAN DIEGO (AP) The laugh and smile are starting to return. So, too, is the fan adulation for Fernando Tatis Jr., at least in San Diego.

Still serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, the superstar was warmly received at FanFest on Saturday, when thousands of fans jammed Petco Park for a preview of the most eagerly anticipated season in Padres history.


Angels put no restrictions on Ohtani WBC

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although Shohei Ohtani's long-term future with the Los Angeles Angels is decidedly uncertain as he heads into the final season under contract, the two-way superstar's plans for the spring are all set.

Ohtani will make one start on the Cactus League mound this month for the Angels before he heads to Japan on March 1 for the World Baseball Classic, Halos general manager Perry Minasian said Saturday.


Dodgers sign INF Rojas for 1 year, $6M

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a $6 million, one-year deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract announced Saturday includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.


Dodgers to retire Valenzuela's No. 34

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

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