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Cashman: Yankees interested in Machado

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LAS VEGAS (AP) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he has been talking about Manny Machado with the infielder's agent.

New York shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss at least half of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, leaving the team in search of an infielder.

"I've had several conversations with Dan Lozano about Manny Machado," Cashman said Monday at the winter meetings. "So we are we are definitely focused in the marketplace on those areas of need and he, obviously, is available and solves that area of need. So, not going to deny we've had a conversation. Or two."

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KC, speedster Hamilton agree to $5.25M

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.

The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman Stadium will allow Hamilton to better use his speed than the bandbox of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where he spent his first six seasons with the Reds. The person who confirmed the deal spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was pending a physical.

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Rays' Cash to stick with opener in 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) Naturally, Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash was the opening manager to speak at the winter meetings.

Cash said Monday the Rays will stick with their revolutionary practice of using an "opener" next season.

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Tigers sign RHP Ross for 1 year, $5.75M

LAS VEGAS (AP) Free agent right-hander Tyson Ross and the Detroit Tigers have reached a one-year deal for $5.75 million.

The agreement came Monday at the winter meetings.

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Kapler plans to call out Phils poor play

LAS VEGAS (AP) Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be more publicly critical of his players in his second season following his team's late fade.

Philadelphia led the NL East in early August, then went 16-33 and wound up with its sixth straight losing record at 80-82.

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Giants C Posey may be limited in spring

LAS VEGAS (AP) Buster Posey's recovery from right hip surgery might limit how much the San Francisco All-Star catches during spring training and at the start of the season.

Posey had surgery in late August to repair a torn labrum in the hip and remove an impingement.

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Mattingly not dwelling on his Hall case

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):

11 a.m.

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Baines 'shocked' by call from HOF

LAS VEGAS (AP) Harold Baines is aware many fans are questioning whether his credentials are Hall of Fame worthy. He's not sweating.

"Well, they can't take it away from me now, even if they don't think I should be there," he told The Associated Press.

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Reds claim LHP Scott from Red Sox

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Cincinnati Reds have claimed left-hander Robby Scott off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

The 29-year-old reliever was 0-1 over nine relief appearances and 6 2/3 innings for Boston this year. He was 3-3 with a 1.36 ERA in 45 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out 63 in 48 1/3 innings.

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