Corey Seager replaces George Springer on AL All-Star roster

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NEW YORK — Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager was picked to replace Toronto outfielder George Springer on the American League roster for next week’s All-Star Game.

Seager is an injury replacement for Springer, who has been nursing a sore elbow. However, Springer was in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for Thursday night’s game against Kansas City.

Seager will also participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday at Dodger Stadium. He spent his first seven major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Seager has 21 homers this year, including a majors-best streak of five straight games with a longball that ended Wednesday.

Springer has been bothered by a sore right elbow since late June. He left a June 21 game against the White Sox and sat out the next three games, returning June 26 against Milwaukee.

“Our team comes first,” Springer said. “This is something I’ve been managing for a while. It’s four or five days of extremely valuable time to let this thing rest and get ready to go for the second half.”

Seager became a three-time All-Star following selections in 2016 and ’17 with the Dodgers. He entered Thursday with a .245 batting average, 21 homers and 48 RBIs in his first season with Texas.

He signed a $325 million, 10-year contract with the Rangers during the offseason that included a $100,000 bonus for being selected an All-Star.

Seager is the fourth addition to All-Star rosters after San Francisco left-hander Carlos Rodon, Boston designated hitter J.D. Martinez and Miami first baseman/designated hitter Garrett Cooper.

Those three replaced Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper and Houston’s Yordan Alvarez, who are hurt, and Milwaukee closer Josh Hader, who is skipping the July 19 game at Dodger Stadium because of family responsibilities.

Seager completes the eight-person Home Run Derby field. He’ll compete against Cardinals great Albert Pujols, Atlanta outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr., Phillies slugger Kyle Schwarber, Nationals star Juan Soto, Seattle rookie Julio Rodriguez, Guardians switch-hitter Jose Ramirez and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, the two-time defending champion.

Rays’ Díaz gets $24 million, three-year deal, avoids arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract on Tuesday that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.