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  • Things to know about Friday’s baseball news

    There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:…

  • APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks’ payroll streak, owe most tax

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with…

  • A’s release infielder Nick Punto

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have released infielder Nick Punto. The A’s made the announcement Friday, saying Punto was released to clear room on the 40-man roster. A day earlier, Oakland acquired right-handers…

  • Giants acquire 3B Casey McGehee from Marlins

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants acquired third baseman Casey McGehee on Friday night from the Miami Marlins for a pair of right-handed minor league pitchers, finding their replacement for departed slugger Pablo…

  • Dodgers release Brian Wilson, eat nearly $10 mill

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Wilson was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, three days after the heavily bearded reliever was designated for assignment. Los Angeles must pay at least the balance…

  • AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement

    NEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of…

  • Padres obtain Middlebrooks from Red Sox

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan on Friday night. Hanigan was acquired by…

  • Friday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE — Named outgoing commissioner Bud Selig commissioner emeritus, effective Jan. 25. American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with LHP Wesley Wright on a one-year contract. Named Scott Coolbaugh hitting coach.…

  • Friday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE — Named outgoing commissioner Bud Selig commissioner emeritus, effective Jan. 25. American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with LHP Wesley Wright on a one-year contract. Named Scott Coolbaugh hitting coach.…

  • Cubs and catcher David Ross reach 2-year deal

    CHICAGO (AP) — David Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday. Ross often…

  • AP sources: Peavy, Giants agree to 2-year deal

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation. Now, the Giants are keeping a key…

  • APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks’ payroll streak, owe most tax

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with…

  • Kendrick intrigued by Dodgers’ offseason overhaul

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a baseball fan, Howie Kendrick is impressed and intrigued by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ offseason overhaul. As the Dodgers’ new second baseman, Kendrick is grateful he only has to drive…

  • Preller revamps Padres with series of blockbusters

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres took a break from a dizzying series of trades Friday afternoon to introduce one of their new sluggers, Matt Kemp. Kemp, in turn, put the blockbusters by…

  • Royals sign Rios to $11 million, 1-year deal

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals have been so busy this offseason they gave out two No. 15 jerseys in one week. The latest player to don that number is Alex Rios, who signed…