Giants great Matty Alou dies

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Giants great Matty Alou dies

Giants legend Mateo Rojas "Matty" Alou, who made history with Jesus and Felipe as the first trio of brothers to play the outfield together in the majors, passed away in Miami Thursday at the age of 72.

Alou made his debut with the Giants in 1960. The Alou brothers finished their careers with 5,094 hits, the highest total for brothers in big-league history.

Alou played for six teams in a 15-year career, and starred for San Francisco from 1960-65.

He won the 1969 National League Batting title with an average of .342 while with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame in 2007 with a ceremony at AT&T Park before a game between the Giants and the New York Yankees.

Alou retired with a career batting average of .307, 1,777 hits and 427 RBIs. He is regarded as one of the greatest players to come out of the Dominican Republic.

He was a two-time All-Star (1968, '69) and was a member of the 1972 World Series champion Oakland A's.

Dominican Olympic Committee president Luisin Mejia made the announcement of Alou's passing on Thursday morning.

The Giants released the following statement Thursday morning:

The Giants were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former Giants outfielder Matty Alou. Matty, who was a formidable player during his career, was a lifetime .307 hitter who collected 1,777 hits over 15 seasons, six with the Giants from 1960-65. He was a two-time All-Star and won the 1966 National League batting title with a .342 average while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although he played for six different teams, Matty remained a part of the Giants family as a long time employee and will be forever linked with his brothers Felipe and Jesus as the first all-brother Major League outfield. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Alou Family during this difficult time.

Cubs trade outfielder Soler to Royals for closer Davis

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It appears as if the Cubs have answered two big questions surrounding Joe Maddon's team this winter.

With so many solid options in the fold to play everyday in the lineup, the Cubs now have one less guy to worry about in the outfield and one more pitcher to add into the late-inning mix.

USA Today reported late Tuesday night the Cubs and Kansas City Royals had a deal in place with pitcher Wade Davis coming to Chicago and Jorge Soler acting as the return piece, though the deal did not become official until Wednesday afternoon.

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Report: Rockies add another bat, agree to deal with Desmond

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OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.

A versatile 31-year-old, Desmond hit .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs this year in his lone season with Texas, earning his first All-Star trip since 2012. He played shortstop from 2011-15, then was shifted to the outfield by the Rangers. Colorado may move him to first base.

Desmond was a free agent last offseason and agreed to an $8 million, one-year deal with the Rangers in late February after turning down Washington's $15.8 million qualifying offer.

The Washington Post reported in November 2014 he turned down a $107 million, seven-year offer from the Nationals before spring training that year. Desmond agreed to a $17.5 million, two-year contract with Washington, then became a free agent.

With the new deal, he will wind up earning $95.5 million over those seven years.

Because Desmond turned down the Rangers' $17.2 million qualifying offer last month, Texas receives an extra selection after the first round of June's amateur draft. The Rockies lose their top draft pick, the 11th selection overall.