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.
Manfred, who has worked for Major League Baseball since 1998, will take over from the 80-year-old Bud Selig on Jan. 25.
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.
Butler helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought.
Stanton, who turned 25 on Nov. 8, is perhaps the game’s most feared hitter. He wasn’t due to become a free agent until after the 2016 season.
Baseball’s Jose Canseco may have accidentally shot his finger off while cleaning his gun — but he’s not letting the limb go to waste. Rather, he’s turning to eBay with an offer that he’s hoping Yankee fans can’t refuse.
The 25-year-old Heyward never lived up to expectations after a brilliant rookie season, when he homered in his first at-bat and was voted to the All-Star Game.
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.
Dark, the 1948 major league Rookie of the Year and a three-time All-Star, played and managed World Series champions.
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.
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.
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?