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Bosox get Victorino...Nats eyeing Haren

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have a new center fielder, and the Washington Nationals are close to adding another piece to their starting rotation.


     Free-agent Shane Victorino and the Red Sox have worked out a three-year deal worth $39 million. Victorino stole a career-high 39 stolen bases last season but hit only .255 with 11 homers and 55 RBIs in time spent with the Phillies and Dodgers.


     A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million. Haren was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the Los Angeles Angels this year after winning a career-high 16 games in 2011.


     The NL East champions already have a formidable rotation led by Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.



     Also simmering on the hot stove:


     - The World Series champion San Francisco Giants kept NL championship series MVP Marco Scutaro, giving the second baseman a $20 million, three-year contract. Scutaro hit .362 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 61 games for the Giants during the regular season before earning MVP honors in the NLCS.


     - The Texas Rangers and injured closer Joakim Soria have worked out a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2015. The two-time All-Star with Kansas City is recovering from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss all of last season.


     - The first deal of the winter meetings as Houston Astros shipping reliever Wilton Lopez and a player to be named to the Colorado Rockies for right-handers Alex White and Alex Gillingham.  Lopez was 6-3 with 10 saves and a 2.17 ERA in 64 games for the Astros last season.

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