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Báez to Detroit, MLB teams race to finish biz before lockout


AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Javier Báez agreed to bring his high motor to the Motor City, while other teams around the majors raced to finish up business before Tuesday’s deadline to tender contracts and a likely roster freeze coming when baseball’s collective bargaining agreement expires Wednesday. AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray finalized a $115 million, five-year deal with Seattle, and clubs agreed to more than 30 one-year contracts with players — many to avoid salary arbitration. Meanwhile, 41 players were not tendered contracts and became free agents, including fan-favorite Brewers slugger Dan Vogelbach and Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman. The deadline for teams to offer contracts to players with less than six years of major league service was 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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