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  • Sandoval, Shields among 121 free agents (The Associated Press)

    Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free. Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

  • Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

    (The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Youkilis, a three-time All-Star known affectionately as Yoooouuuuk in Boston and "the Greek God of Walks" in the book "Moneyball," announced his retirement Thursday. The 35-year-old was limited to 21 games in Japan last season due to plantar fasciitis. Youkilis spent most of his 10-year major-league career in Boston, where he was part of World Series champions in 2004 (as a rookie) and 2007. - - The Red Sox re-signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year contract on Thursday. The deal was reported by WEEI.com to be worth $18 million. ...

  • Giants a new-age dynasty with help from Bumgarner (Reuters)

    By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - A different kind of Major League Baseball dynasty has emerged. The San Francisco Giants are champions of a new age of parity, the best at juggling budget and talent, and managing the changing tides of a tumultuous 162-game regular season. Despite missing key players due to injury in pitcher Matt Cain and center fielder Angel Pagan, the Giants squeaked into the playoffs and won a third World Series title in five years with Wednesday's Game Seven win over the Kansas City Royals. ...

  • Reds exercise Cueto's option, decline Ludwick (The Associated Press)

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds exercised Johnny Cueto's $10 million contract option on Thursday but decided to let outfielder Ryan Ludwick and infielder Jack Hannahan become free agents.

  • Hodges, Tiant, Wills on Hall committee ballot (The Associated Press)

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Gil Hodges, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills are among 10 candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for its Golden Era committee.

News from Reds.com

  • Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot

    Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

  • Reds pick up $10M club option on Cueto for 2015

    In transactions that were expected to happen this offseason, MLB.com learned Wednesday that the Reds exercised the $10 million 2015 club option for ace starting pitcher Johnny Cueto and declined options for outfielder Ryan Ludwick and infielder Jack Hannahan.

  • Reds haul in slew of GIBBY nominations

    The 2014 season concluded without a return trip to the postseason, but the Reds' year still featured plenty of memorable moments, including a career season for Johnny Cueto, a solid rookie campaign for Billy Hamilton, a record-setting year for Aroldis Chapman and an offensive breakout for Devin Mesoraco.

  • Aroldis changes representation ahead of '15 season

    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has switched agents and is now represented by Relativity Baseball, MLB.com confirmed on Tuesday. Chapman was previously represented by Hendricks Sports.

  • Phillips tops in fielding among all NL 2B to ever play

    For the time being, at least, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has the best fielding percentage among all the National Leaguers to ever play the position.