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BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings.

The first team in baseball history to go from worst to first and back again has agreed to terms with former Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval. According to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal, Boston also agreed to a deal with Hanley Ramirez, who came up to the major leagues with the Red Sox.

The official confirmed both deals on the condition of anonymity because the players hadn't passed a physical. The Giants said earlier Monday that they were told Sandoval will be leaving for Boston. The Ramirez deal was expected to be finalized Tuesday.

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Big Unit, Pedro head 2015 Hall ballot

NEW YORK (AP) Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

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3B Seager, M's agree on 7 years, $100M

SEATTLE (AP) Kyle Seager has cashed in on the best season of his young career, becoming the third Seattle Mariners player to reach the $100 million threshold.

The third baseman and the Mariners have agreed to a $100 million, seven-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical.

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Dodgers acquire RHP Nicasio from Rockies

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies on Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Nicasio will be added to the 40-man roster and infielder Ryan Jackson was designated for assignment to make room, said Andrew Friedman, Dodgers president of baseball operations.

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Giants set record for postseason shares

NEW YORK (AP) A full postseason share for the World Series champion Giants was worth a record $388,606, topping the previous mark of $370,873 set by San Francisco two years ago.

San Francisco's total was up from $307,323 for the Boston Red Sox last year. The players' pool of $62 million was down from $62.7 million last year and a record $65.4 million in 2012.

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A's get 1B Davis in deal with Pirates

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics filled their second key position in five days Sunday, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27.

Oakland, which lost in the AL wild-card game 9-8 in 12 innings to Kansas City, signed designated hitter Billy Butler to a $30 million, three-year contract Wednesday. Butler also is likely to play some first base, where catcher Stephen Vogt was a regular down the stretch because of a foot injury that limited him.

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Dodgers land RHP Bolsinger from Arizona

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash.

The deal came Saturday.

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1B LaRoche agrees to deal with White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox had one of the majors' most powerful right-handed bats last season in Jose Abreu. Now they are hoping Adam LaRoche can help balance their lineup.

LaRoche has agreed to a contract with the White Sox, a person familiar with the situation said Friday night. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal with the free-agent first baseman.

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Ibanez among finalists for Rays manager

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Dave Martinez, the Rays' bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny Acta, Craig Counsell, Charlie Montoyo and Ron Wotus.

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Dodgers acquire RHP Peralta from Rays

LOS ANGELES (AP) Reliever Joel Peralta was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade.

The deal is the first major move for Los Angeles since Andrew Friedman left the Rays to become president of baseball operations for the Dodgers.

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