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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.

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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws during the second inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis.  A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jake Peavy has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract to stay with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, because the agreement had not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

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

- Associated Press

When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation.

New Giants 3B McGehee eager to play back home

- Associated Press

Casey McGehee knows how much Pablo Sandoval meant to the Giants and the city of San Francisco. Even living across the country in Miami, he understood the affinity for the Kung Fu Panda in his native Bay Area.

FILE - In this July 5, 2014, file photo, San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse hits a solo home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego.  Mike Morse has agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Marlins pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been finalized. (AP Photo/Don Boomer, File)

3 Floridians glad to be joining Marlins

- Associated Press

Mat Latos sat in the left-field plaza at Marlins Park as he reminisced about attending the first game in franchise history when he was 5 years old.

San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp, center, poses for a picture with Padres general manager A.J. Preller, left, and manager Bud Black, right, during a news conference introducing Kemp as part of the baseball club Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in San Diego. The Padres deal for the former the Los Angeles Dodger was the first of three big deals by the new Padres general manager, who also has added outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, from Tampa Bay and All-Star catcher Derek Norris from Oakland. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Things to know about Friday's baseball news

- Associated Press

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:

Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Howie Kendrick takes questions from the media at an introductory news conference at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster

- Associated Press

Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to a division rival for what might be no more than half of a catching platoon.

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, New York Yankees' Martin Prado throws a kiss to fans after he hit a two-run home run off  Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks in the third inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees have acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Marlins for versatile Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)

Marlins consider 3B Prado an upgrade over McGehee

- Associated Press

The Miami Marlins opted to replace NL comeback player of the year Casey McGehee with Martin Prado at third base because they want greater athleticism and a more favorable contract at the position.

Giants acquire 3B Casey McGehee from Marlins

- Associated Press

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 Sandoval.

MLB Calendar

- Associated Press

Jan. 6 - Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame voting results announced.

Cubs, Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

Associated Press

Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract that allows the former St. Louis closer to earn $2.5 million more in performance bonuses.