MLB Roundup: Astros sign reliever Albers away from Indians

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Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Astros have finalized a $2.45 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Matt Albers.

The 30-year-old Albers gets $2.25 million next season under Tuesday's agreement, and Houston has a $3 million option for 2015 with a $200,000 buyout.

He 6-2 in 119 appearances over the last two seasons with a 2.77 ERA, including 3-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 56 appearances for Cleveland this year.

A Houston native, Albers made his major league debut with the Astros in 2006 and was traded to Baltimore the following year. He has also played for Boston, Arizona and Cleveland.

AP source: Brian Roberts, Yankees agree to contract

NEW YORK -- A person familiar with the negotiations says second baseman Brian Roberts and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract.

An All-Star in 2005 and 2007, the 36-year-old Roberts had spent his entire 13-year major league career with Baltimore. He has not played a full season since 2009 because of injuries.

Report: Orioles, Balfour agree to two-year deal

BALTIMORE -- A person familiar with the contract says the Baltimore Orioles and free agent closer Grant Balfour have agreed to a $15 million, two-year deal.

Balfour fills the void left by the trade of closer Jim Johnson, who was dealt to Oakland this month because Baltimore didn't want to pay him around $10 million per season.

Balfour, who turns 36 on Dec. 30, went 1-3 with 38 saves in 41 opportunities with Oakland last season. In 2012, he had 24 saves in 26 chances. In 10 seasons with Minnesota, Milwaukee, Tampa Bay and the Athletics, Balfour is 28-17 with 72 saves.

Morse, Giants finalize $6 million, one-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO -- Free-agent outfielder Michael Morse has finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants after passing his physical Tuesday.

Morse will head to spring training in February expected to become a power bat in the middle of the lineup and the team's starting left fielder.

The 31-year-old is nine-year veteran. He batted .215 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 88 games this year.

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