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Pirates Agree to 1-Year Deal with 1B Hart

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with first baseman Corey Hart.

The 32-year-old Hart can also earn $2.5 million in performance bonuses.

Hart has dealt with multiple injuries the past two seasons. He didn't play at all in 2013 after having surgery on both knees. In 2014, Hart played in only 68 games for the Seattle Mariners due to hamstring and knee issues.

Before the last two seasons, Hart was enjoying a productive major league career as a Milwaukee Brewer. He was selected as an All-Star twice, and in 2010 he hit .283 with 31 home runs, 91 runs scored, 102 RBIs and a .340 on-base percentage.

“We looked at what he’d done, really solid seasons from (2007) to ’12 but in particular ’10, ’11 and ’12,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “Coming off the knee surgeries, typically you don’t see a guy back to 100 percent until a year or two after. We’re working that, this is going to be year two, this is the first offseason he’ll have to truly work and get in baseball shape and not rehab.”

Hart provides the Pirates with a right-handed bat at first base. Pedro Alvarez, a left-handed hitter, plays the position as well.

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ESPN: Randolph Agrees to 2-Year Extension with Grizzlies

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Forward Zach Randolph agreed to two-year, $20 million extension with the Memphis Grizzlies Friday, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-9, 253 pound Randolph picked up his $16.5 million option for next season, according to ESPN, meaning he is now signed through the 2016-2017 season.

The 32-year-old Randolph has played his last five seasons in Memphis. During that time the two-time All-Star has played in 339 games averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds per contest.

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Nationals Sign Zimmermann to Two-Year Deal

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Washington Nationals signed Jordan Zimmermann to a two-year, $24 million contract Friday, buying out the starting pitcher's final two years of eligibility for salary arbitration.

Zimmermann will make $7.5 million in 2014 and $16.5 million in 2015, after which he is eligible to become a free agent.

The 27-year-old Zimmermann, a former second round pick of the Nationals, made his first All-Star team last season throwing a career-high 213.1 innings while compiling a 19-9 record, 3.25 ERA, 161 strikeouts and a 1.09 WHIP.

During his five-year major league career, Zimmermann has pitched 692.2 innings posting a 43-35 record, 3.40 ERA, 557 strikeouts and a 1.17 WHIP.

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Reliever Jesse Crain Joining Astros

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent reliever Jesse Crain Tuesday.

The deal means the 32-year-old Crain is returning home. His family lives near Houston and Crain also went to college at the University of Houston.

"It's exciting," Crain said. "I don't know what I'm getting myself into with family and friends and all that. We're real excited to spend time at home. Having three young kids definitely played a huge decision in signing here."

The right-handed Crain pitched 36.2 innings for the Chicago White Sox last season compiling a 2-3 record, a 0.74 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 11 walks and 46 strikeouts leading him to make his first All-Star team.

Crain was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 29 but never pitched an inning for the team due to biceps tendonitis, which ended up requiring surgery. The hope is he will be ready for Opening Day.

Crain joins a bullpen that last season ranked last in the majors with a 4.92 ERA.

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Salvador Perez Placed on DL with Concussion Symptoms 

Chris Bernacchi/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Kansas City Royals have placed catcher Salvador Perez on the seven-day disabled list with concussion symptoms, the team announced on Sunday.

Perez was hit in the catcher's mask by a foul tip in Saturday's win over the New York Mets and appeared to be shaken up.  He finished the game, which lasted 12 innings.  He was taken to a hospital and stayed overnight undergoing various concussion tests.

The Royals do not believe the injury to their 23-year-old All-Star catcher is serious, but chose to place him on the special concussion disabled list as a precaution.

Perez is hitting .278 with four home runs and 43 RBIs this season.

Brett Hayes was called up by the Royals to replace Perez, who was playing for Triple-A Omaha.  He will back up George Kottaras, who now becomes the starter.

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MRI on Molina's Knee Shows No Structural Damage

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had an MRI on his banged up right knee that showed no structural damage.

Molina, who missed the Cardinals' last two games, said he had been dealing with pain in his knee for the past month but it hurt even more on Friday, prompting the Cards to send the catcher for tests.

"Good news," Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny said. "It's definitely something that's worrisome when he's such a valuable part of our team. But it's best to get it looked at and know what you're dealing with."

Molina, the National League leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, is leading the NL in hitting with a .346 average. Molina also has six home runs and 45 RBIs for the season.

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Oakland A's Release Reliever Brian Fuentes

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Athletics released left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes Wednesday, eight days after the team designated him for assignment.

The four-time All-Star went 2-2 with five saves, three blown saves and a 6.84 ERA in 26 appearances this season.  In his last seven games, he went 0-2 with a save, two blown saves, and a 19.50 ERA.

The 36-year-old Fuentes notched his 200th career save this season against the Boston Red Sox, becoming just the sixth left-hander in baseball history to do so.

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Texas Rangers Complete Five-Year Deal With Ian Kinsler

Texas Rangers/MLB(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers have finalized a five-year contract extension with second baseman Ian Kinsler worth $75 million. The deal will keep the two-time All-Star in Arlington through the 2017 season and includes a club option for 2018.

“I went to three different schools, kind of traveled around for awhile, was drafted late and the Rangers gave me a chance in 2003,” Kinsler said during a news conference Wednesday. “Since that point, I’ve always tried to do my best to pay back the organization for giving me that opportunity.”

The 29-year-old Kinsler has twice hit at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases (2009 & 2011) in the same season.

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