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Athletics sign Yonder Alonso to a one-year deal

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The Oakland Athletics and first baseman Yonder Alonso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract this afternoon.

Alonso had a pretty bad 2016, hitting .253/.316/.367 with seven home runs. He made $2.65 million this past season and it looked like he’d be an obvious non-tender candidate. The A’s still want him, however. It’s an open question what he would’ve made if he went to arbitration, but now the question is a moot one too.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.