Reliever Pat Neshek and the A's reached agreement on a one-year contract Wednesday, avoiding salary arbitration.

The A.L. West champions rallied around Neshek after his son, Gehrig, died 23 hours after his birth just before the playoffs began.

Neshek, 32, went 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA in 24 games with the A's after being acquired from Baltimore on Aug. 3 for cash.

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

The A's also acquired pitcher Sandy Rosario, 27, from Boston for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Former major league infielder Steve Scarsone was named manager of the Sacramento River Cats, the A's Triple-A team. Rick Rodriguez, the A's bullpen coach for two seasons, will be pitching coach. Scarsone had managed Double-A Midland.

  • Free agent outfielder B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year deal worth $75.25 million with Atlanta, pending a physical, a source said. Upton, 28, hit .246 with 28 homers, 78 RBIs and 31 steals last season for Tampa Bay.

  • Kansas City traded pitcher Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson to Pittsburgh for minor leaguers Luis Santos and Luis Rico. Mazzaro was 4-3 with a 5.73 ERA for the Royals last season. He was designated for assignment Nov. 20.

  • Andy Pettitte, 40, signed a one-year, $12 million contract to return to the New York Yankees. He went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts last season.

  • Cincinnati signed reliever Jonathan Broxton, 28, to a three-year, $21 million deal. He came to the Reds last July in a trade with Kansas City.

  • Former Baltimore All-Star Doug DeCinces, 62, and three others were indicted on insider trading charges for using and profiting from information before the takeover of an Orange County medical device company, authorities said.

    Colleges

    Football coach Les Miles has a new seven-year contract at LSU that also will result in a pay raise. The new deal runs through 2019, which amounts to a two-year extension. His annual pay will be in the $4.3 million range. His previous contract paid $3.75 million. Miles said representatives from Arkansas had reached out to him, but also said reports of a five-year, $27.5 million offer were "not true."

  • Atlantic Coast Conference presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to add Louisville as a replacement for Maryland, commissioner John Swofford said. It's unclear when Louisville will join the ACC. The Big East currently has a $10 million exit fee and a 27-month notification period.

    NHL

    With the help of federal mediators, the league and players' association got back to bargaining. The location was secret, and so was what was discussed. The talks, though, went well enough the sides will meet again Thursday.

  • Glendale's City Council voted in favor of a reworked, $320 million arena management deal with Greg Jamison, clearing the way for the former Sharks CEO to complete his purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes from the league.

  • Minnesota's Josh Harding has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but plans on continuing his career. "I had a couple days where I felt bad for myself, but no more," said Harding, 28.