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Biggio Spurns Astros

All-Star second baseman Craig Biggio became available to negotiate with other teams after declining a $20 million, four-year offer from the Houston Astros.

“Craig has been an invaluable part of this organization and we’re just very disappointed that we weren’t able to get it done,” Astros vice president Bob McClaren said.

McClaren said it’s possible Biggio could get the offer back, “but we’re going to have to start making plans ourselves to address other needs on the team.

Arizona Diamondbacks managing general partner Jerry Colangelo said he plans to have former New York Yankees manager Buck Showalter signed by Wednesday.

Moving to increase the team’s profile in Mexico, the San Diego Padres have signed a lease to open a store and ticket outlet in Tijuana.

The Chicago White Sox fired longtime hitting coach Walt Hriniak.