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Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche (25) is greeted at home plate by Bryce Harper (34) after hitting two-run home run off of New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

Adam LaRoche signs with White Sox

- Associated Press

LaRoche, who turned 35 on Nov. 6, gives the White Sox some sorely needed power from the left side. He hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington.

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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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis (15) bats during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh. The Oakland Athletics have filled their second key position in five days, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Athletics acquire 1B Ike Davis from Pirates

- Associated Press

The Oakland Athletics filled their second key position in five days Sunday, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27.

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Washington Nationals' Adam LaRoche (25) follows through on an RBI single off of New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee as Travis d'Arnaud catches for the Mets in the third inning of a baseball game in New York. The Chicago White Sox had one of the majors' most powerful right-handed bats last season in Jose Abreu. Now they are hoping Adam LaRoche can help balance their lineup. LaRoche has agreed to a contract with the White Sox, a person familiar with the situation said Friday, Nov. 21. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal with the free-agent first baseman. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)

Adam LaRoche agrees to contract with White Sox

- Associated Press

The Chicago White Sox had one of the majors' most powerful right-handed bats last season in Jose Abreu. Now they are hoping Adam LaRoche can help balance their lineup.

FILE- In this Aug. 21, 2014 file photo, Evan Reed appears at his preliminary hearing on a sexual assault charge in Detroit. A judge has reinstated a sexual assault case against pitcher Evan Reed Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, overturning a August of 2014 decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the woman's story. Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Sex assault case reinstated against pitcher Reed

Associated Press

A judge reinstated a sexual assault case against pitcher Evan Reed on Friday, overturning a decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the alleged victim's story.

Denver Broncos' Champ Bailey and his son Brayden smile for the cameras along with past and present teammates after a news conference announcing his retirement from the NFl as a Bronco, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Englewood, Colo. Bailey retired at age 36 with a cornerback-record dozen Pro Bowl selections, more interceptions (52) than any active player and no regrets. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, John Leyba)

FXFL satisfied with mini-season

- Associated Press

The four-team FXFL's first season is over, and the developmental league's founder is eager to get started on Year 2.

FILE - In this March 28, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta throws during the sixth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Peralta has been acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade announced Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Dodgers acquire Peralta from Rays

Associated Press

Reliever Joel Peralta was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade.

Rangers add 4 top prospects to 40-man roster

Associated Press

The Texas Rangers have selected the contracts of four top prospects from their minor league system to protect them from next month's winter meetings draft.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez arrives at the offices of Major League Baseball in New York. The attorney for former University of Miami pitching coach Lazaro Collazo is seeking a wide range of Major League Baseball records for the coach's upcoming trial on illegal performance-enhancing drug distribution charges. That includes details of an immunity deal given to Rodriguez. Lawyer Frank Quintero Jr. says he needs the documents to defend his client in his February trial. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

Ex-coach's lawyer seeks MLB records in drug case

- Associated Press

A lawyer for a former University of Miami pitching coach is seeking a wide range of Major League Baseball records for the coach's upcoming trial on illegal performance-enhancing drug distribution charges, including details of an immunity deal given to the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

Rangers trade OF Robertson to Angels

Associated Press

The Texas Rangers have traded outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash.

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.