OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Keeping active in the trade market, the Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Seth Smith.
The Rays pulled off a three-team trade with the D-backs and Reds on Tuesday that brought in reliever Heath Bell and catcher Ryan Hanigan. Cincinnati received left-handed starter David Holmberg from the D-backs, while Arizona received right-handed pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash considerations from Tampa Bay. The D-backs also sent cash -- around $500,000 -- to the Rays to help offset Bell's contract.
Slow it down, fellas. Take a deep breath, count to nine and give us a chance to get our minds around these past 24 hours. Players were changing teams so quickly it has been impossible to keep it all straight. Save something for the Winter Meetings next week.
The process continues in the Marlins' pursuit of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Miami has strong interest and has a multiyear offer is on the table. But as of late Tuesday afternoon, nothing was finalized. And nothing was imminent.
If Royals fans doubted that the Glass family would make a strong push to sign Carlos Beltran, that was put to rest on Tuesday, when the coveted free-agent outfielder was at Kauffman Stadium to meet with team officials.
Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday. The lefty-hitting Pierzynski and righty David Ross, the backup, both will be 37 next season. With catching prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart making their way up the system, the Red Sox were reluctant to give a multiyear deal to free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia, their starter the past three seasons. He spent the previous eight years with the Chicago White Sox, playing in at least 128 games each season, and appeared in all four games when they swept Houston in the 2005 World Series.
The Padres and A's pulled off a one-for-one deal late Tuesday afternoon, sending reliever Luke Gregerson to Oakland in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith.
The Major League Baseball Players Association has officially passed the torch. Tony Clark, who has served as the union's interim executive director since former executive director Michael Weiner passed away on Nov. 21, was voted in unanimously by the MLBPA's executive board on Tuesday. The final step will be a vote by the general membership.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson dined with Granderson on Sunday night in San Diego, touching base with a power-hitting outfielder who could fill one of the team's most pressing needs.
Craig Gentry is committed to doing what he can to help the Athletics win another division crown in 2014. The A's added outfield depth Tuesday by acquiring Gentry along with right-hander Josh Lindblom from the division rival Texas Rangers for outfielder Michael Choice and minor league infielder Chris Bostick. The teams announced the deal Tuesday, a day after Oakland traded for AL saves leader Jim Johnson in a swap with Baltimore and also reached agreement on a $22 million, two-year contract with left-handed starter Scott Kazmir. ''Being on the other side of the white lines from these guys so many years, it's a great ballclub.'' While the two-time defending AL West champion A's have their starting outfield returning in center fielder Coco Crisp, left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and right fielder Josh Reddick, Gentry provides an option off the bench and creates depth.
Five Giants Minor Leaguers were briefly hospitalized for treatment in Scottsdale, Ariz., after sustaining mild injuries in a two-car traffic accident Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria completed his coaching staff by naming Eric Hinske as the first-base coach.
The Rangers have acquired outfielder Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick from the Athletics for outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom.
The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send Heath Bell to the Rays. Arizona will receive right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash considerations.
Pat Murphy, who managed Triple-A Tucson for San Diego last year, will preside over the first season of the El Paso Chihuahuas in 2014.
Making the best of their situation at Tropicana Field, the Rays unveiled their plans for a major renovation to their home ballpark that will be in place for the 2014 season.
A's general manager Billy Beane was named the 2013 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by Baseball America on Tuesday. It is the second time he has received the award, the first time coming in 2002.
On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that Lonnie Soloff has been promoted to the role of senior director of medical services after working as the Tribe's head athletic trainer for the past 10 seasons.
All-Star catcher Brian McCann completed his $85 million, five-year contract with the York Yankees on Tuesday in what the team called a ''significant improvement to a key position.'' The deal includes a full no-trade provision, meaning he cannot be dealt without his consent. McCann receives $17 million in each of the next five seasons, and the Yankees have a $15 million option for 2019 with no buyout. His agreement raises the Yankees' luxury tax payroll to $116.4 million for nine players. The Yankees hope to get under the $189 million tax threshold next season, which includes about $177 million for salaries for the 40-man roster.