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On a night usually dominated by news of players let loose, the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics filled pitching needs with trades.
The Oakland Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
The 30-year-old Johnson converted 50 of 59 save opportunities in 2013, going 3-8 with a 2.94 ERA. He was tied with Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel for the major leagues saves lead.
The Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders have new lease agreements to remain at the stadium they share in Oakland.
Abad went 0-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 39 appearances for the Nationals last season. He spent 2010-12 with the Houston Astros and has a career record of 1-14 with a 4.56 ERA.
The Nationals have made yet another trade with the Athletics, this time sending lefty Fernando Abad to the A's for outfield prospect John Wooten.
The deal would bring Hudson back to the Bay Area, where he pitched for the Oakland Athletics as a member of the "Big Three" with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito beginning in the late 1990s.
The Giants were working Monday to finalize agreement on a $23 million, two-year contract with free agent right-hander Tim Hudson.
The banner hangs from a light pole on the sidewalk outside Fenway Park.