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Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard sits in the dugout during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Sunday, July 6, 2014. Howard had the day off. The Pirates won 6-2.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Ryan Howard, family members settle financial dispute

Associated Press

Court documents filed in federal court in St. Louis show that RJH Enterprises, a firm set up to represent the former NL MVP’s interests, and Howard’s twin brother, Corey Howard, agreed to voluntarily dismiss the suit late last month after an out-of-court settlement was reached.

Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace, breezed past Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen for the NL award. (Associated Press)

Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout capture MVP awards

Associated Press

Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday. Mike Trout was a unanimous pick for the AL honor after finishing second the previous two years. The 23-year-old became the fifth-youngest MVP in major league history and the youngest unanimous selection.

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, file photo Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez points to the stands after his solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Detroit. A person with knowledge of the deal says the Tigers have agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract with slugger Victor Martinez. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the agreement has not been announced. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Victor Martinez, Tigers reach 4-year, $68 million deal

- Associated Press

The 35-year-old Martinez had perhaps his best season in 2014, hitting .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI and helping Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title — a streak that began after the Tigers signed him as a free agent before the 2011 season.

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014, file handout photo, provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Agency shows the heavily damaged vehicle in which Dominican baseball player Oscar Taveras was killed along with a young woman passenger, near the city of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Dominican officials say that young St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras was drunk at the time of his fatal car crash. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transportation Agency, File)

Oscar Taveras drunk at time of fatal crash, officials say

- Associated Press

A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office in the Dominican Republic said toxicology reports showed Taveras had a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit when he lost control of his car Oct. 26 on a highway in Puerto Plata.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber win Cy Young Awards

Associated Press

Kershaw led the majors in victories and ERA and threw a no-hitter, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champions. Now, the big question: Is he the Most Valuable Player, too?

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Rangers sign 3 players to minor league deals

Associated Press

The Texas Rangers have signed catcher Chris Gimenez and right-hander David Martinez to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria discusses the new record $325 million, 13-year contract the Marlins signed with Giancarlo Stanton at a news conference Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Miami. The contract is the most lucrative for an American athlete and the longest in baseball history. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Signing Stanton could boost Loria's image

- Associated Press

By agreeing to pay Giancarlo Stanton $325 million over the next 13 years, Jeffrey Loria gets to keep one of baseball's premier sluggers in the Miami Marlins lineup.

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014, file photo,  San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval celebrates after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans says he has been given "every indication" the free agent third baseman will give careful consideration to re-signing with the World Series champions. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Giants confident they're in Pablo Sandoval chase

- Associated Press

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans says he has been given "every indication" Pablo Sandoval will give careful consideration to re-signing with the World Series champions.

Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game

Associated Press

Yuki Yanagita greeted Randy Choate with a two-run single in the eighth inning, and Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars 6-4 Thursday in an exhibition game following their five-game postseason tour.

Toronto Blues Jays newly-signed catcher Russell Martin adjusts his jersey after putting it on during a baseball press conference in Toronto, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Blue Jays GM calls Martin 'key to our offseason'

- Associated Press

In his pursuit of Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos made his intentions clear in a message to the free-agent catcher's representative.

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2014, file phhoto, Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after team owners elected him as the next commissioner of Major League Baseball  in Baltimore. Baseball owners voted Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, to give him a five-year term as commissioner when he succeeds Bud Selig in two months.  (AP Photo/Steve Ruark, File)

Manfred given 5-year term as baseball commissioner

- Associated Press

Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year.

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler runs to third as he advances on an Alex Gordon single in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent designated hitter Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night, Nov. 18, 2014, because the A's had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga. File)

Butler and A's finalize $30 million, 3-year deal

- Associated Press

Billy Butler came so close to winning it all with Kansas City that it stings to be leaving his only professional team after such a special run, and with some unfinished business.

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals' Billy Butler runs to third as he advances on an Alex Gordon single in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Kansas City, Mo. A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent designated hitter Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night, Nov. 18, 2014, because the A's had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga. File)

AP source: Billy Butler and A's reach 3-year deal

- Associated Press

Free agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday night.