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Notes: Josh Hamilton to Angels for $125m

Josh Hamilton is heading to the Angels, lured with a $125 million, five-year contract that steps up the migration of high-profile stars to Southern California.

The Angels persuaded the free agent outfielder to leave the Rangers with their third big-money offseason signing in as many years. Hamilton heads to Anaheim after first baseman Albert Pujols came West for $240 million last December along with pitcher C.J. Wilson — Hamilton’s Texas teammate — for $77.5 million. Still, the Angels failed to make the playoffs for the third straight year.

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They had bulked up their pitching staff earlier in the offseason with the additions of starters Joe Blanton and Tommy Hanson, along with relievers Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson.

‘‘It’s a great day to be an Angel/Angel fan!’’ Wilson said on his Twitter account.

Hamilton’s $25 million average salary matches Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard for the second-highest in baseball, trailing only Alex Rodriguez’s $27.5 million average with the Yankees. The agreement came just days after the Dodgers added pitchers Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyun-jin, boosting their payroll over $200 million.

Ichiro, Yankees are close

Ichiro Suzuki and the Yankees are closing in on a contract that would guarantee the outfielder between $12 million and $13 million over two years. Acquired from Seattle on July 23, the 39-year-old Suzuki revived his career in New York. The Yankees also planned to finalize a $12 million, one-year deal Friday with Kevin Youkilis.

Twins sign Correia

The Twins finalized a $10 million, two-year contract with righthander Kevin Correia to fill a rotation spot after their starters posted the second-worst ERA in the majors last season. Correia, 32, an All-Star in 2011, went 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA for the Pirates last season . . . Outfielder Andres Torres is returning to the Giants after one season with the Mets, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract . . . The Reds and free agent infielder Jack Hannahan finalized a $4 million, two-year contract . . . According to multiple reports, the Cubs offered pitcher Anibal Sanchez a five-year, $75 million contract. Sanchez, who helped the Tigers win the AL pennant last season, reportedly will give Detroit a chance to counter the Cubs’ offer.

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