FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Fernando Abad (58) throws during a baseball game against the New York Mets at
FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Fernando Abad (58) throws during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. The Oakland Athletics acquired Abad from Washington on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, and sent Class A outfielder John Wooten to the Nationals, a person with knowledge of the trade said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the swap had not been announced. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) (Alex Brandon)

The A's acquired left-hander Fernando Abad from Washington on Monday and sent Single-A outfielder John Wooten to the Nationals.

Abad could help bolster a talented bullpen that likely has lost closer Grant Balfour in free agency, with the ninth-inning spot expected to be filled from within by Sean Doolittle or Ryan Cook.

Abad, 27, was designated for assignment Wednesday. He 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 in 127 outings.

Wooten batted .257 with 20 home runs and 69 RBIs for Class A Beloit.

  • The St. Louis Cardinals factored in Jhonny Peralta's drug suspension when they negotiated a four-year deal worth more than $50 million with the free-agent shortstop. General manager John Mozeliak said Peralta had admitted wrongdoing and served his penalty, and that the Cardinals weren't about to appoint themselves "morality police."

  • Free-agent outfielder David Murphy, who spent the past seven seasons with Texas, finalized a $12 million, two-year contract with Cleveland.

  • The Baltimore Orioles acquired right-handed reliever Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres for a minor league pitcher. Brach, 27, had a 3.19 ERA in 33 games last season with the Padres, striking out 31 in 31 innings. San Diego gets right-hander Devin Jones in Monday's trade.


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  • Right-hander Dan Haren has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal includes $3 million in performance bonuses and a $10 million vesting option for 2015. Haren went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA with Washington.

    "We were looking for somebody that we could lean on to provide us starts and innings," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.

  • Seattle Mariners president Chuck Armstrong announced he will retire at the end of January.

    College football

    Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron are finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to college football's player of the year.

    Winston, who is being investigated in a sexual assault case by authorities in Tallahassee, Fla., is also up for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, with McCarron and Manziel.

  • North Carolina junior tight end Eric Ebron said he'll enter the NFL draft after the season. Ebron has 50 catches for 774 yards and three touchdowns for the Tar Heels.

  • Police have arrested two people in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed at an off-campus apartment complex, the Ypsilanti, Mich., school announced.

    Reed, 20, was fatally shot multiple times Oct. 18 at an off-campus apartment building in Ypsilanti in what police have said was a possible robbery.

  • University of Illinois football staff member and former NFL player Matt Sinclair was charged with two felonies after allegedly pointing an unloaded handgun at a vehicle carrying other staff members, authorities in Urbana, Ill., said. After police pulled over and arrested Sinclair in eastern Illinois, "(Sinclair) told them it was a joke," Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said.

  • James Madison has fired football coach Mickey Matthews after 15 seasons at the university. Athletic director Jeff Bourne announced the move Monday, two days after the Dukes lost 28-17 to Towson to finish 6-6.

    MLS

    Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers has been voted Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old from Notre Dame started 29 games and had five goals and six assists this season.