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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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The St. Petersburg City Council rejected a deal between the Rays and the city's mayor that would have allowed the team to search for new stadium sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his grand slam home run during the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium in New York. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Rodriguez's days as an everyday fielder are over and he hopes A-Rod will be New York's fulltime designated hitter.  Cashman said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014,  that "I can't expect Alex to be anything."(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Steroids trial pushed back for A-Rod's cousin

Associated Press

A federal judge has delayed for two months the trial of a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez on charges stemming from dealings with the clinic that illegally provided performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players.

Showalter: Davis gets nod from MLB to use Adderall

Associated Press

Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Chris Davis will be allowed to use Adderall next season after the first baseman received a 25-game suspension this year for using the drug.

FILE - In a March 31, 2014, file photo San Francisco Giants' Sergio Romo celebrates the final out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game  in Phoenix.  A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a new contract with the San Francisco Giants.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

AP source: Romo close to $15M, 2-year deal with Giants

- Associated Press

Free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.

FILE - In this April 21, 2010 file photo, economist and rice farmer Thomas Wynn pulls a rice plant from the ground to show its shallow root system, making it ideal for growing in the soil found in much of Wharton County in East Bernard, Texas. U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume after President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Alberto Martinez, File) AUSTIN CHRONICLE OUT, COMMUNITY IMPACT OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM; MAGS OUT

U.S.-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

- Associated Press

Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.

A-Rod cousin seeks delay in drug trial

Associated Press

A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is asking a federal judge to delay his trial on charges stemming from his dealings with the Florida clinic tied to more than a dozen baseball players suspended for violating the sport's drug program.