Major League Baseball roundup

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Posted: Dec 01, 2014 6:25 PM

(The Sports Xchange) - Veteran outfielder and designated hitter Nelson Cruz has agreed to a four-year, $57 million deal with the Seattle Mariners, ESPN.com reported Monday.

Cruz, 34, led the majors with 40 home runs last season and finished third in the American League with 108 RBIs.

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The San Francisco Giants became the most recent team to meet with free-agent left-hander Jon Lester.

Lester reportedly is also being pursued by his former team, the Boston Red Sox, as well as the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named and cash considerations.

To make room for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster, first baseman Gaby Sanchez has been designated for assignment.

(Editing by Frank Pingue)