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Machado, Padres agree to $300M, 10 years

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SAN DIEGO (AP) With their city's long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. Machado can opt out after five years and become a free agent again, the person said.

Machado's agreement would be the second-largest in baseball history behind Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million, 13-year deal signed with the Miami Marlins ahead of the 2015 season. It would be the highest deal for a free agent, topping Alex Rodriguez's $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees from 2008-17.

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Former Dodgers great Newcombe dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92.

The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness.

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Rivera: Child support demands unfounded

PANAMA CITY (AP) Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage.

The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the demands filed against him in the Central American country "unfounded."

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Cards RHP Martinez shut down 2 weeks

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has been shut down for two weeks to build up shoulder strength after an injury-plagued season.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said Tuesday that Martinez won't throw before being reevaluated on March 5. Shildt said an MRI this week showed Martinez's right shoulder was structurally sound.

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Manfred: Slow market 'no harm, no foul'

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred predicts top free agents will all get deals and the second slow free-agent market won't have lasting significance.

"In some ways I feel like it's a little much ado about nothing if in fact those players all sign at the end of the day," he said Tuesday. "The season's going to go on. We're going to have the right players out there playing on the field, and it's kind of no harm, no foul."

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Dietrich signs minors deal with Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Derek Dietrich and Cincinnati have finalized a minor league contract, giving the Reds another infield and outfield option.

The 29-year-old had spent all six of his previous big league seasons with the Miami Marlins and would have been eligible for salary arbitration, but he was designated for assignment on Nov. 20 and became a free agent.

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Giants' Bochy to retire after season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bruce Bochy has always managed with his gut. Those same instincts told him it's nearly time to retire.

Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager.

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Clark criticizes motives of some teams

NEW YORK (AP) Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics.

Top free agents Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel remain unsigned with spring training under way, creating tension during negotiations on management's proposals for a pitch clock and new limitations on relief pitchers. The union responded with a wider list of plans that include economic initiatives such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League and altering the amateur draft to make rebuilding less appealing.

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Jays' Guerrero Jr. could start in minors

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is not worrying about whether he will start the season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 19-year-old son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero is considered the top prospect entering 2019. Yet, it would not be surprising if Toronto kept the third baseman in the minor leagues for the first 15 days and delayed his debut until at least April 12. By denying him 15 days of major league service, the Blue Jays would delay his eligibility for free agency by a year, until after the 2025 season.

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