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A busy Friday: Curtis Granderson joins the Mets, Hiroki Kuroda back with Yankees, plus Scott Feldman, J.P. Arencibia find new homes

Mike Oz
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While baseball tried to wrap its head around the Robinson Cano/Seattle Mariners marriage, the Hot Stove kept on cooking. A handful of non-Cano deals were closed by early afternoon Friday. No one else got 10 years and $240 million, but some money was thrown around — from New York City all the way down to Houston.

Curtis Granderson, like Cano, officially parted with the pinstripes. But the formers Yankees outfielder didn't move across the country. He's staying in NYC, joining up with the New York Mets for four years and $60 million. It's a splashy move, writes Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown. A return to the Yankees wasn't likely for Granderson, 32, but the Mets were after him hot and heavy. They need outfield help and Granderson has power. He'll just need to stay healthy and limit his strikeouts.

• The Yankees didn't only shed players Friday. They also came to terms with pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who will be 39 by season's start. He was either going to retire, return to Japan and rejoin the Yanks, and he picked the third option. Plus the $16 million that comes with it. Kuroda has won 27 games for the Yankees in the past two seasons.

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• The Houston Astros opened up their checkbook again and signed free-agent pitcher Scott Feldman to a $30 million deal over three years, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Feldman, 30, went 12-12 last season with a 3.86 ERA for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs. With the acquisition of Dexter Fowler on Tuesday, the Astros have bolstered their 2014 payroll by about $17.5 million this week.

• Cather J.P. Arencibia has agreed to join the Texas Rangers, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Arencibia was non-tendered by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week, and will get a one-year, $2 million deal (according the CBS Sports' Jon Heyman). The Rangers need a second catcher after A.J. Pierzynski left town. Arencibia has power (he hit 64 total homers the past three seasons), but hits for poor average and hardly walks. His 2013 hitting line was a putrid .194/.227/.365. Good news, Rangers fans, it's bound to get better than that.

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