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(AP) -- Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas is in the process of agreeing to a $68.5 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not yet been completed. The person said several additional steps were necessary but the agreement was likely to be finalized in the next few days.

MLB.com reported Wednesday a deal had been agreed to.

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Braun optimistic cryotherapy fixed thumb

MILWAUKEE (AP) As drivers pulled up in their cars to drop off canned goods at Miller Park, Ryan Braun collected the Thanksgiving donations and offered a warm handshake with his gloved right hand.

Spring training is still more than two months away, but this is a good sign for the Milwaukee Brewers and their star outfielder.

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Reliever Frieri joins Rays for $800K

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Reliever Ernesto Frieri and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract.

The 29-year-old right-hander was 1-4 with a 7.34 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 41 2-3 innings over 48 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh. He has a 10-13 record and 3.46 ERA in six big league seasons that included time with San Diego from 2009-12. He's averaged 12 strikeouts per nine innings.

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Wrigley bleachers not ready for opener?

CHICAGO (AP) The timeline may be off for the Chicago Cubs to have the Wrigley Field bleacher renovation done by opening day.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green says unseasonably cold and windy weather is partly to blame. He also says city of Chicago crews installing a new water main are also keeping the Cubs from starting deep foundational work. The home opener against St. Louis is April 5.

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Minimum salary up to $507,500 from $500K

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball's minimum salary is rising to $507,500 next year from $500,000.

The sport's collective bargaining agreement called for a cost-of-living adjustment based on the yearly increase through October of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, rounded to the nearest $500. There will be a similar adjustment for the minimum in 2016, the final season of the labor contract.

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Red Sox add Sandoval, Ramirez for $183M

BOSTON (AP) Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they're teammates in Boston, the result of a $183 million spending spree the Red Sox are hoping will lift them out of the AL East cellar.

"It's exciting for me to be with Hanley and David Ortiz," Sandoval said Tuesday at Fenway Park after finishing up a five-year, $95 million contract that adds him to a lineup he called "The Three Amigos."

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LHP Lester to meet with Giants next week

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants are turning their attention to Jon Lester following Pablo Sandoval's departure.

The free agent pitcher has plans to meet with the World Series champions next week, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no authorization to publicly disclose the meeting.

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Red Sox get heat over ill-timed tweet

BOSTON (AP) Boston's teams are having a bad month on social media. The latest gaffe: an innocuous, but ill-timed, tweet that the Red Sox rushed to delete.

The tweet - "So how was everyone's Monday?" - went out a minute after a Missouri prosecutor announced a grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

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Reds hire Towers as special assistant

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds hired former Arizona general manager Kevin Towers as a special assistant for player personnel on Tuesday.

Towers spent the last four years as general manager of the Diamondbacks. He also was general manager of the Padres from 1996-2009.

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Darvish clear to start throwing program

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rangers ace Yu Darvish has been cleared to start his offseason throwing program.

Darvish, who missed the last seven weeks of the season because of inflammation in his right elbow, had an MRI and was examined Tuesday by team physician Dr. Keith Meister.

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