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. 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.
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.
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.