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Lenny Ignelzi/AP File PhotoSan Diego’s Petco Park will host baseball’s All-Star game in 2016

San Diego's Petco Park to host baseball's 2016 All-Star game

PARADISE VALLEY -- San Diego's Petco Park will host baseball's All-Star game…

Lenny Ignelzi/AP File PhotoSan Diego’s Petco Park will host baseball’s All-Star game in 2016
Mark Tenally/2014 AP file photoTyler Clippard

A's acquire Clippard from Nationals for recent acquisition Escobar

WASHINGTON -- Infielder Yunel Escobar is heading to the Nationals, and All-Star…

Mark Tenally/2014 AP file photoTyler Clippard
Jeff Roberson/AP PhotoRelief pitcher Jose Valverde has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.

Valverde agrees to minor league deal with Padres

SAN DIEGO — Reliever Jose Valverde has agreed to a minor league…

Jeff Roberson/AP PhotoRelief pitcher Jose Valverde has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.
Elaine Thompson/AP PhotoRight-hander Jesse Chavez and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Jesse Chavez, Athletics agree to $2.15 million deal

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jesse Chavez and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to…

Elaine Thompson/AP PhotoRight-hander Jesse Chavez and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.
Elise Amendola/AP PhotoFormer Tampa Bay Ray and new Oakland Athletic Ben Zobrist will never forget when he saw an opossum on the field at the Oakland Coliseum last August.

New A's infielder Zobrist knows quirks of new home ballpark

OAKLAND -- Ben Zobrist needs few reminders of the quirks that come…

Elise Amendola/AP PhotoFormer Tampa Bay Ray and new Oakland Athletic Ben Zobrist will never forget when he saw an opossum on the field at the Oakland Coliseum last August.
Maggie Sharpe/AP Photo/The Contra Costa TimesRyan Frigo

Team says it will stop sales of shirts with disputed logo

SAN FRANCISCO — A company that produced T-shirts for the Oakland Athletics…

Maggie Sharpe/AP Photo/The Contra Costa TimesRyan Frigo
Tony Gutierrez/AP PhotoNick Punto has agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played 73 games for the Oakland Athletics.

Diamondbacks sign Nick Punto to minor league contract

PHOENIX — Infielder Nick Punto has agreed to a minor league contract…

Tony Gutierrez/AP PhotoNick Punto has agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played 73 games for the Oakland Athletics.
Matt York/AP File PhotoWith a menacing fastball and devastating slider

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio elected to Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio…

Matt York/AP File PhotoWith a menacing fastball and devastating slider
Jim Mone/AP file photoPitcher Jesse Hahn was traded to the A's from the Padres on Thursday for catcher Derek Norris.

A's trade catcher Norris to Padres

OAKLAND — The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a…

Jim Mone/AP file photoPitcher Jesse Hahn was traded to the A's from the Padres on Thursday for catcher Derek Norris.
Lynne Sladky/AP PhotoLeft-hander Eury De La Rosa has been acquired by the Oakland Athletics in the latest offseason trade.

A's acquire lefty De La Rosa from Arizona for cash

OAKLAND -- The Athletics have acquired left-hander Eury De La Rosa from…

Lynne Sladky/AP PhotoLeft-hander Eury De La Rosa has been acquired by the Oakland Athletics in the latest offseason trade.
Reinhold Matay/AP PhotoThe San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rays send Myers to Padres in big deal

SAN DIEGO -- A person with knowledge of the deal says the…

Reinhold Matay/AP PhotoThe San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Chris O'Meara/AP File PhotoThe Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday

Angels get Matt Joyce from Rays for Kevin Jepsen

ANAHEIM -- The Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the…

Chris O'Meara/AP File PhotoThe Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday
Charles Rex Arbogast/AP File PhotoA South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday

Guilty plea in smuggling of Dodgers' Yasiel Puig

MIAMI -- A South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part…

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP File PhotoA South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday
Winslow Townson/AP File PhotoThe Red Sox have agreed to trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Rick Porcello

Old-style swaps dominate MLB winter meetings

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Baseball's winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt…

Winslow Townson/AP File PhotoThe Red Sox have agreed to trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Rick Porcello
Charles Rex Arbogast/AP PhotoFormer A's pitcher was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2002.

Cherington wishes he had more talk with Lester

SAN DIEGO -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says he wishes…

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP PhotoFormer A's pitcher was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2002.
Ben Margot/AP File PhotoIn this Sept. 5

Things to know about the MLB winter meetings

SAN DIEGO -- Some things to know as Major League Baseball's winter…

Ben Margot/AP File PhotoIn this Sept. 5
Jeff Chiu/AP file photoFormer A's pitcher Jon Lester has reportedly accepted a six-year

Lester reportedly picks Cubs, gets deal for six years, $155 million

SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Jon Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155…

Jeff Chiu/AP file photoFormer A's pitcher Jon Lester has reportedly accepted a six-year
Ben Margot/ap file photoOakland Athletics pitcher Jon Lester warms up prior to the baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday.

Lester tells Giants he won’t join champs

SAN DIEGO -- Jon Lester will not be staying in the Bay…

Ben Margot/ap file photoOakland Athletics pitcher Jon Lester warms up prior to the baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday.
Ben Margot/AP file photoJeff Samardzija was the latest A's player dealt away as he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox along with a minor-leaguer for four players.

Samardzija traded to the White Sox

SAN DIEGO — The Oakland Athletics traded an All-Star for the third…

Ben Margot/AP file photoJeff Samardzija was the latest A's player dealt away as he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox along with a minor-leaguer for four players.
Jeff Roberson/AP file photoThe A's traded slugger Brandon Moss to the Indians for infield prospect Joey Wendle on Monday.

A's dealing continues, trade Moss to Indians for prospect

CLEVELAND -- The Indians addressed the need for more power in their…

Jeff Roberson/AP file photoThe A's traded slugger Brandon Moss to the Indians for infield prospect Joey Wendle on Monday.