The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed Thursday to a $4 million, one-year contract with a vesting option, a deal subject to a successful physical before it can be finalized. Gomes, who played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, could be part of a left field platoon in a new-look outfield. He could share time with former Yankees prospect Zoilo Almonte, a switch-hitter who signed as a free agent. Gomes, 34, hit only .234 with a career-low six homers for Boston and Oakland last year.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Eury Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,062,500.

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Free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong reached agreement Friday on a $4 million, one-year deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants. Vogelsong passed a physical and reached the deal three days after general manager Brian Sabean said Vogelsong was close to joining another team – thought to be the Houston Astros. The 37-year-old adds depth to a rotation that features ace Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, who is working back from elbow surgery that ended his season in July.

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Veteran right-hander Ryan Vogelsong was reportedly near an agreement with the Houston Astros at a couple different points this week, even flying to Houston to take a physical, which is often the final step in finalizing a contract. However, he abruptly and somewhat surprisingly reversed course to re-sign with the San Francisco Giants on Friday , which left many wondering what may or may not have happened in Houston to change Vogelsong’s mind. We didn’t have to wait long to receive some indication. During a conference call on Friday re-introducing him as a Giant, Vogelsong was asked about his free agency experience and made it pretty clear that something about his visit to Houston made him uncomfortable, but wouldn’t elaborate much beyond that point. From Ultimate Astros: Well, I’m assuming you’re talking about Houston right? I made a visit to Houston and met with A.J. Hinch the manager and the staff, the training staff, and I took a physical — just as the process went along here, really wasn’t comfortable with what was going on. Ultimately, made a decision to come back with the Giants and I’m really just really happy to be back and glad things worked out the way they have. Vogelsong later added: You know how things are in life sometimes. You just have weird inclinations about things and things show themselves to you in weird ways and that’s kind of the way it was here. Like I said before, I made a trip to Houston but ultimately it just wasn’t comfortable and I wasn’t comfortable there. It’s crazy: as soon as I re-engaged with the Giants, it was like a big weight was lifted off my shoulders, and that was where I was supposed to be, and it kind of hit the ground running from there. Like I said, it’s just kind of weird how things work themselves out. Some are speculating that Vogelsong used the Astros for leverage. Others have suggested he simply got cold feet and wanted to pitch somewhere he’s familiar with, even if it means moving to the bullpen. Others still are pointing at Houston’s poor handling of negotiations with past draft picks Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix as proof that they simply can’t close a deal, though that seems like a reach given the dfferent circumstances.   Without any further details, it’s impossible to determine if any of those have merit. But we can confidently say this is weird, with the potential to get weirder, it would seem. Vogelsong said to the radio hosts 10 years from now over beer he’d tell them all about his offseason, and they’ll go “No way that happened” — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 24, 2015 Come on, Vogey! We live in a need to know world and this is a need to know now business. Can’t you at least give us a hint? Apparently not, but his agent Dave Meier went ahead and added to the confusion by suggesting it was nothing the Astros did that steered his client away. When the negotiations broke down, the Astros were told Vogelsong needed 48 hours to think and re-engage other teams. — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 24, 2015 Meier said Vogelsong had a “fantastic experience with everybody on staff that he met that day” in Houston. — Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) January 24, 2015 Well, we give up trying to figure this one out. But rest assured, when Vogelsong is ready to talk, we’ll be ready to listen.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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The Cubs and recently acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. He asked for $10.8 million in arbitration last week and was offered $8.5 million by the Astros. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros. Chicago acquired Fowler for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes have agreed to a one-year contract with a vesting option.

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After filling a big void in their rotation with a hometown starter, the Rangers have added one of the catchers who will be behind the plate for Yovani Gallardo. Texas completed its second trade in three days Wednesday, acquiring switch-hitting catcher Carlos Corporan from the AL West rival Houston Astros. The Rangers were already working on the Corporan deal when they got Gallardo in a trade with Milwaukee on Monday. The Rangers selected the right-hander in the second round of the 2013 amateur draft.

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick.

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