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San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse laughs while standing behind the batting cage during the Giants' workout Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants are scheduled to face the Kansas City Royals in the third game of the baseball World Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Michael Morse agrees to two-year contract with Marlins

- Associated Press

Miami’s busy offseason has reached first base, where the Marlins expect Morse, formerly of the San Francisco Giants, to replace Garrett Jones as their first baseman and cleanup hitter.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said the season-ending NLDS loss to the Giants "was a good learning experience for our guys moving forward and hopefully we get a chance to get back and take the next step and hopefully beyond that. (Associated Press)

NLDS loss to Giants left Nationals with a bitter taste

- The Washington Times

Behind the massive gray folding wall, bitterness countered the laughter and smiles on the other side. In the main area, Washington Nationals players sat for photos on “couch cam”, signed autographs and played games on a stage flanked by two massive screens during NatsFest on Saturday. Behind all the hi-jinks, players explained their level of disappointment with last season’s first-round playoff loss to eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt is tagged out by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond on a steal attempt in the fourth inning during Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Desmond says no new progress on contract extension

- The Washington Times

Ian Desmond has heard the trade rumors. He’s paying attention to free agent moves. He knows the Washington Nationals are going to do what they judge is best, and that may not include paying him a lucrative sum to continue as their shortstop.

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ross Detwiler throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington. Detwiler has been left off the Washington Nationals' roster for their NL Division Series against the San Francisco Giants while former closer Rafael Soriano made the 25-man cut.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Rangers acquire lefty Detwiler from Nationals

- Associated Press

Left-hander Ross Detwiler will get his wish to start again from the Texas Rangers after he spent last season in Washington’s bullpen.

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Yoenis Cespedes follows through on a RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox have agreed to trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Rick Porcello, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Right-handed pitching prospect Alex Wilson also will go to Detroit as part of the trade, the person said Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Old-style swaps dominate MLB winter meetings

- Associated Press

Baseball’s winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids.

FILE - This July 21, 2014, file photo shows Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. A person with knowledge of the situation says the San Diego Padres have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, because the deal hadn't been announced by either team. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

AP Source: Padres acquire Kemp in five-player deal

- Associated Press

A person with knowledge of the situation says the San Diego Padres have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers.

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FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig leads off first during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Twenty-five Cuban-born players appeared in the major leagues this year, a group that includes outfielders Puig and Yoenys Cespedes, and hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman. Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba. "It's absolutely a natural, just as the Dominican was and Venezuela. You go to where the talent is," the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. "The high talent level for Cuban players is still there." (AP Photo/File)

Column: Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB

- Associated Press

If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.

Drug supplier to plead guilty in MLB doping case

- Associated Press

A South Florida man described by authorities as a black market chemist is set to plead guilty to federal charges stemming from the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing substances scandal.

FILE - In a March 31, 2014, file photo San Francisco Giants' Sergio Romo celebrates the final out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game  in Phoenix.  A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a new contract with the San Francisco Giants.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

AP source: Romo close to $15M, 2-year deal with Giants

- Associated Press

Free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.

Baseball monitoring White House Cuba decision

- Associated Press

Major League Baseball isn't sure of the impact of President Barack Obama's decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Showalter: Davis gets nod from MLB to use Adderall

Associated Press

Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Chris Davis will be allowed to use Adderall next season after the first baseman received a 25-game suspension this year for using the drug.

FILE - In this April 21, 2010 file photo, economist and rice farmer Thomas Wynn pulls a rice plant from the ground to show its shallow root system, making it ideal for growing in the soil found in much of Wharton County in East Bernard, Texas. U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume after President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Alberto Martinez, File) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM; MAGS OUT

US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

- Associated Press

Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.

Morrow and Padres agree to $2.5 million, 1-year deal

Associated Press

Free agent right-hander Brandon Morrow and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn up to $8 million if he starts regularly next season.

FILE - In this July 28, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce greets teammates after scoring on a two-run double by Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse during the sixth inning of an interleague baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday, Dec. 16. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Things to know about most recent MLB moves

- Associated Press

Several big league teams stepped up their holiday shopping Tuesday and a bunch of players were on the go. A look at the most recent moves in baseball:

Seattle acquires outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Cubs

- Associated Press

The priority for general manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon was to add a pair of right-handed hitters and a starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners this offseason.