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The Pirates' search for a first baseman will be down a candidate as James Loney agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal to return to the Rays, according to multiple reports Friday.

The 29-year-old reportedly was being sought by the Pirates and Brewers.

Loney hit .299 with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs in 158 games last season.

Royals, Infante reach tentative deal

The Royals might have found their answer at second base.

Kansas City and veteran Omar Infante reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.

Infante, who turns 32 on Dec. 26, would stabilize second base in Kansas City for the first time in years. He hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs in 118 games for Detroit last season.

Infante received substantial interest from the New York Yankees, who were seeking a replacement for Robinson Cano.

Seattle finalizes Hart deal, trade for Morrison

The Mariners finalized a one-year contract with free agent Corey Hart and a trade with the Marlins to acquire Logan Morrison.

Seattle announced the moves after the players passed physicals. Morrison was acquired for right-handed reliever Carter Capps, while Hart signed an incentive-laden one-year deal after missing all of 2013 due to knee surgery.

Hart and Morrison provide versatility should both be healthy. Both can play in the outfield and have time playing at first base.

Hart is a two-time All-Star. He hit .270 in 2012 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs for Milwaukee.

Logan agrees to deal with Rockies

A person with knowledge of the situation told the AP that reliever Boone Logan agreed to a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Rockies.

Logan has spent the last four seasons with th Yankees. He was 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings last season.

Tigers, Chamberlain finalize deal

The Tigers finalized their $2.5 million. one-year deal with right-handed reliever Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain joins a retooled bullpen that also includes free agent acquisition Joe Nathan. The hard-throwing Chamberlain, whose slide has been inconsistent in recent years, was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the Yankees.

PR firm owner's testimony blocked in A-Rod case

A federal judge said the owner of a public relations firm won't have to testify for now at an arbitration proceeding for Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Judge Edgardo Ramos in New York City ruled that Michael Sitrick will not have to comply with a September subpoena while he appeals an order last month that he do so. Sitrick is the head of the public relations firm Sitrick & Co. The company had worked on Rodriguez's behalf this year.

The ruling makes it less likely Major League Baseball can use evidence from Sitrick to argue for enforcement of its 211-game suspension of Rodriguez for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. Rodriguez is challenging the suspension.

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