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Piscotty dealt to Oakland, near sick mom

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Stephen Piscotty has been traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for two infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family's home in Pleasanton, California, following his mother's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Gretchen Piscotty was diagnosed in May with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that attacks nerve cells. Her son left the Cardinals for five days after the diagnosis and returned May 31.

"You are never making a player trade simply for geographic or sentimental reasons," John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations for the Cardinals, told St. Louis media. "It had to be something that made sense for us. There were certainly some opportunities to move him elsewhere. When you are looking at how to break a tie, clearly that did play into it."

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Cubs bolster bullpen with RHP Cishek

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says side-arming reliever Steve Cishek and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced.

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Twins, RHP Rodney agree on 1 year, $4.5M

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract, bringing an experienced, three-time All-Star closer to a bullpen in need of a ninth-inning specialist.

The deal was reached on Thursday during Major League Baseball's winter meetings, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.

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Unions unveil player rights' declaration

WASHINGTON (AP) Leaders from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball players associations helped unveil a universal declaration of player rights that is designed to establish a new approach to governing sports and protecting athletes.

Among the 17 articles laid out in the declaration are rights to unionize and collectively bargain, express opinions freely and receive equal pay for equal work. The declaration was made Thursday by the World Players Association, which is affiliated with 100 organizations that represent 85,000 professional athletes.

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Astros draft ex-OF Gose, hope he pitches

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Houston Astros have added former big league outfielder Anthony Gose, hoping he can develop as a left-handed pitcher.

The World Series champions took Gose from the Texas Rangers' minor league system Thursday in the annual winter meeting draft of players left off 40-man rosters.

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Relievers in high demand in Florida

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Much like the postseason, the baseball winter meetings became a parade of relievers.

Steve Cishek and Fernando Rodney were on the move Thursday, joining Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Bryan Shaw, Joe Smith and other setup men, middlemen and specialists going to new teams this week.

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Tigers select OF Reyes in Rule 5 draft

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers took Victor Reyes in Thursday's Rule 5 draft of players left off 40-man rosters.

The Tigers claimed the outfielder from the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization. He must stay on the major league roster all season and be active for at least 90 days, or be offered back to Arizona.

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Cardinals to acquire Ozuna from Marlins

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Miami has agreed to trade left fielder Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the third All-Star jettisoned by the Marlins this month in an unrelenting payroll purge under new CEO Derek Jeter.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to a physical.

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Angels land 2B Kinsler from Tigers

DETROIT (AP) The busy Los Angeles Angels filled a big hole at second base, acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers for two minor leaguers Wednesday night.

Detroit received 18-year-old right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and 23-year-old outfielder Troy Montgomery in the trade.

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