Big moves by Cubs, White Sox spark surge in excitement for Chicago baseball fans

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CHICAGO (AP) -- As the cranes and trucks hummed just beyond the chain-link fence along Waveland Avenue, Erika Pflederer stopped to take it all in....

Cloudy Blue: With a whirlwind of offseason moves, Friedman puts rebuilt Dodgers on new path

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to a division rival for what might be no more than half of a catching platoon....

Things to know about the flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday

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There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:...

APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yankees' 15-year streak as biggest spender, owe most tax

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax....

Several people familiar with deal to AP: Umpires, MLB reach agreement on 5-year labor contract
NEW YORK (AP) -- Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract....

People familiar with talks to AP: Peavy gets $24 million, 2-year deal to stay with Giants

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation....

Padres obtain third baseman Will Middlebrooks from Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- 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....

Rays, Padres, Nationals finalize deal involving 2013 AL Rookie of Year Myers
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Rays, Padres and Nationals finalized an 11-player trade Friday that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays....

Padres pull off another big move, acquiring slugger Justin Upton from Braves for 4 prospects

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ATLANTA (AP) -- With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal....

Bud Selig to become baseball commissioner emeritus next month when Manfred takes over
NEW YORK (AP) -- Bud Selig will be given the title of baseball commissioner emeritus when he retires next month....



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