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UNDATED (AP) — Reliever Joe Smith and the Houston Astros have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract.

The 35-year-old Smith is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 84 appearances during his two seasons with the Astros. He missed the beginning of last season recovering from Achilles tendon surgery before returning in July and posting a 1.80 ERA in 28 regular-season appearances.

Smith didn’t allow a run in eight of his 10 postseason appearances.

Also around the majors:

— Free-agent outfielder Avisaíl García has finalized a two-year, $20 million contract with the Brewers, a deal that includes a $10 million club option for 2022. García batted .282 with a career-high 20 home runs and 72 RBIs for the Rays last season.

— The Cardinals have announced the signing of left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim to a two-year contract. The 31-year-old South Korean went 17-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 190 1/3 innings last season for the SK Wyverns.

— The Tigers are retiring Lou Whitaker’s No. 1 this coming season. Whitaker will become the ninth Tiger to have his number retired by the team, and the first to be so honored without being inducted into the Hall of Fame.  He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1978, went to five straight All-Star games, won three Gold Gloves and compiled a .276 average with 244 home runs and 1,084 RBIs in a 19-year career spent entirely with Detroit.

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