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Newly acquired Boston Red Sox free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval smilies as he is introduced to the media at Fenway Park Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez join Red Sox

- Associated Press

Sandoval helps fill a hole in the Red Sox lineup for a third baseman and a left-handed bat. Ramirez, who played shortstop and a little third base with the Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, is expected to move to left field.

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)

Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox agree to mulityear deal

- Associated Press

Sandoval, 28, met with the Red Sox last week. After winning his third World Series title in five years with San Francisco, he indicated he wanted to retire with the Giants.

Former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson waves to the crowd during ceremonies commemorating the 10th anniversary of Johnson's perfect game prior to a baseball game between the Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot led by Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz

Associated Press

Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

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.

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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.