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Chris McCosky   | The Detroit News Detroit — This little anecdote from the recently completed Dominican Winter League finals will warm the heart of manager AJ Hinch. The championship game was Monday. Tigers left-hander Gregory Soto, pitching for Aguilas Cibaenas, already had pitched three scoreless innings in the playoffs. But before the final game, he approached
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Kristie Rieken  |  AP Sports Writer Houston – Outfielder Michael Brantley has agreed to a $32 million, two-year contract with the Houston Astros, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the contract, which is pending a successful physical, had not
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Ronald Blum and Rob Gillies  |  Associated Press Toronto — All-Star outfielder George Springer became the most prominent among baseball’s free agents to reach an agreement this offseason, a $150 million, six-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity
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Chris McCosky   | The Detroit News Detroit — The Tigers were busy on Saturday, adding organizational depth in the form of three more international signings and four minor-league free agents. Among the minor-league free agents, left-handed pitcher Robbie Ross comes with six seasons of big-league experience. The 31-year-old, a former second-round draft pick, pitched for
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Lynn Henning  |  Special to The Detroit News [embedded content] College football teams are invariably bubbly about their recruiting hauls on Signing Day, a festiveness the Tigers could appreciate as they joined what appeared to be 29 other MLB teams in cheering their initial haul of international baseball talent. The Tigers’ biggest celebrity teen secured
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Chris McCosky   | The Detroit News Detroit — The Tigers, by 4 p.m. Friday, had managed to avoid arbitration with five of the nine eligible players. After signing pitcher Michael Fulmer for one-year at $3.1 million on Thursday, they came to terms with pitchers Daniel Norris ($3.475 million), Buck Farmer ($1.85 million) and Joe Jimenez ($1.1 million)
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Chris McCosky   | The Detroit News [embedded content] Detroit — The Tigers have locked up the top two international prospects on their wish list. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Tigers on Friday signed a pair of shortstops — 17-year-old Dominican Cristian Santana and 17-year-old Venezuelan Abel Bastides. The Tigers signed Santana, a slick-fielding, right-handed hitter
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Chris McCosky   | The Detroit News [embedded content] Detroit — The Tigers have locked up the top two international prospects on their wish list. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Tigers on Friday signed a pair of shortstops — 17-year-old Dominican Cristian Santana and 17-year-old Venezuelan Abel Bastides. The Tigers signed Santana, a slick-fielding, right-handed hitter
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