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December 12, 2019

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The New York Mets and former AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello have agreed to a $10 million, one-year contractThe right-hander who turns 31 on Dec. 27, Porcello joins a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz.

The New York Mets and pitcher Michael Wacha on agreed to a one-year deal. Wacha had spent his entire seven-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. The right-hander went 6-7 last season with a 4.76 ERA in 29 games — 24 starts. He failed to post a win after July 19 as he dealt with a strained right shoulder down the stretch.

The Milwaukee Brewers  agreed to a one-year contract for $5,125,000 with pitcher Corey Knebel, who is returning from Tommy John surgery. A 28-year-old right-hander, Knebel hurt his elbow during spring training and had surgery April 3. He had been eligible for salary arbitration and will have the same salary as in 2019.

The New York Yankees have agreed to a deal with outfielder Brett Gardner on a one-year contract worth $12.5 million that includes a $20 million option for the 2021 season. Gardner is the longest-tenured Yankee on the roster and will be heading into his 13th season with the team.

Catcher Austin Romine has agreed to a one-year contract worth just over $4 million with the Detroit Tigers. Romine, 31, had a career year at the plate last season for the New York Yankees, hitting .281 with 8 home runs and 35 RBIs in 72 games, serving as the backup to starter Gary Sanchez.

Right-hander Blake Treinen and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal. Treinen, 31, posted a 0.78 ERA in 2018 with the Oakland Athletics, but that number ballooned to 4.91 in 2019. Treinen started the 2019 season as A’s closer but wasn’t nearly as consistent. He had a 6.14 ERA during a 19-game span from April 28 to June 20 before a strained pitching shoulder put him on the injured list.

Right-hander Josh Lindblom, who spent the past two seasons pitching in South Korea, is in agreement on a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Lindblom, 32, has not pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Prior to that, his last appearance was in 2014 with the Oakland A’s, as he also pitched in South Korea’s KBO League in 2015 and ’16.

Right-hander Scott Oberg and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a $13 million, three-year contract with a club option for 2023 that could make the deal worth $21 million over four seasons.

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Major league teams are getting an extra roster spot in 2020, and clubs went fishing for options at the Rule 5 draft Thursday. The Detroit Tigers selected right-hander Rony Garcia from the New York Yankees with the first pick at the winter meetings draft of unprotected minor leaguers. Eleven players were selected during the major league portion, and clubs must keep those players on the major league roster for all of next season or else offer them back to their original team for half of the $100,000 selection fee.

Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced Thursday to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ association. In addition, suspensions for marijuana use will be dropped from the minor league drug program.

Former San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy will manage France in its qualifiers next year for the World Baseball Classic. France has never qualified for the World Baseball Classic, which will be held next in 2021. Bochy, who retired as the Giants’ manager after the 2019 season, was born in 1955 in Landes de Bussac, France, where his father was stationed in the Army.

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