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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 june 14, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins bats during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Philadelphia. The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle. The deal was agreed to last week at the winter meetings and announced Friday, Dec. 19, 2014,  a day after the Dodgers completed a trade that sent slugging outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

Jimmy Rollins thrilled by fresh start with Dodgers

- Associated Press

After Jimmy Rollins learned he was headed from Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the longtime Phillies shortstop had to wait more than a week for the clubs to complete the deal.

Padres obtain Middlebrooks from Red Sox

- Associated Press

In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan on Friday night.

A's trade All-Star catcher Derek Norris to Padres

- Associated Press

The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a star player this offseason, sending catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.

Documentary features Liberal boy's heart surgery

- Associated Press

Like many his age, Nelijah Tatum enjoys taking part in sports, and as a student at Liberal's Sunflower Intermediate, he had participated in many competitions in various athletic pursuits.

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.

FILE - In this june 14, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins bats during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Philadelphia. The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle. The deal was agreed to last week at the winter meetings and announced Friday, Dec. 19, 2014,  a day after the Dodgers completed a trade that sent slugging outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

Rollins leaves legacy in Philly, heads to Dodgers

- Associated Press

While talent got Jimmy Rollins to the major leagues, confidence made him a winner and sparked the most successful run in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies.

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, Miami Marlins' Nathan Eovaldi delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets  in New York. The Yankees have acquired  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/Frank Franklin II, File)

Yankees send Prado, Phelps to Marlins for Eovaldi, Jones

- Associated Press

Looking for rotation help at a relatively low price, the New York Yankees acquired right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile Martin Prado and righty David Phelps.

6th man pleads guilty in MLB steroid case

- Associated Press

The sixth man to plead guilty in the Major League Baseball performance-enhancing drugs scandal was described in court Friday as a recruiter of mostly foreign-born players for the now-shuttered South Florida clinic at the center of the case.