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Kemp rejoins Dodgers; Gonzalez to Braves

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Kemp is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a five-player trade with the Atlanta Braves that includes cash.

The Dodgers are sending first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy and infielder Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta. Gonzalez has been designated for assignment by the Braves.

Kemp played for the Dodgers from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs, fourth-most in Los Angeles history. Last season, the 33-year-old outfielder hit .276 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 doubles in 115 games with the Braves.

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Nats 2B Murphy hopeful of playing opener

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy has been using crutches to get around the team's annual fan festival about eight weeks after having right knee surgery.

Murphy says he doesn't want to offer any timetables about his recovery or when he might be ready to play.

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Phils, 1B Santana agree to 3 yrs., $60M

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carlos Santana is bringing his big bat and postseason experience to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 31-year-old first baseman became the first of the offseason's big-name free agents to find a new home, agreeing Friday to a $60 million, three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to two people familiar with the deal.

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Angels land INF Cozart for 3 years, $38M

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After spending his entire career at shortstop in Cincinnati, Zack Cozart was willing to switch positions for the chance to join the Los Angeles Angels' promising lineup.

Cozart was even willing to switch twice.

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Giants trade LHP Moore to Rangers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Texas acquired Matt Moore in a trade with the San Francisco Giants on Friday, raising the possibility of four left-handers in the Rangers' rotation.

"As far as the four lefties, generally it's a good thing," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "I realize there's some very heavy right-handed clubs in our division. With the exception of Martin (Perez), the other three guys have been very effective against righties in their career."

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Cubs announce 2-year deal with Cishek

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have finalized a two-year contract with side-arming reliever Steve Cishek.

The 31-year-old Cishek had a 2.01 ERA and a 3-2 record in 49 relief appearances this year for Seattle and Tampa Bay, which acquired him on July 28. He joins a rebuilt Cubs bullpen that also includes fellow right-hander Brandon Morrow, who finalized a $21 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.

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Reliever Rondon, Astros agree to deal

HOUSTON (AP) Reliever Hector Rondon has agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract with the World Series champion Houston Astros.

The 29-year-old right-hander gets $4 million next year and $4.5 million in 2019.

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Indians add OF Upton Jr. on minors deal

CLEVELAND (AP) Free agent outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, pending a successful physical.

The deal includes an invitation to big league spring training. He was limited to 12 games last season at Triple-A Sacramento by thumb and shoulder injuries. The San Francisco Giants released Upton in August.

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Mets give C Lobaton minor league deal

NEW YORK (AP) The Mets added catcher Jose Lobaton, who will try to earn a roster spot in spring training, and finalized their $14 million, two-year contract with reliever Anthony Swarzak on Friday.

Lobaton will report to big league spring training and compete with Kevin Plawecki for a backup job behind Travis d'Arnaud. Lobaton would get a $1.25 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.

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