>>MLB Winter Meetings Begin Today
(San Diego, CA) -- Baseball's Hot Stove league heats up this week with the Winter Meetings starting today in San Diego. Representatives from all 30 big league clubs will meet with players, agents and other executives to discuss potential trades and free-agent signings. While some of the top hitters have already come off the market like Nelson Cruz, Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, top starting pitchers Max Scherzer [[ SURE-zer ]], Jon Lester and James Shields all remain available.
>>Dempster Retires As A Cub
(Chicago, IL) -- Pitcher Ryan Dempster is joining the front office of the Chicago Cubs. The two-time All-Star signed with the team to retire as a member of the Cubs. Dempster will now serve as a special assistant to president Theo Epstein. The 37-year-old missed all of last season, citing health and family issues. He last pitched in 2013, winning a World Series title with the Boston Red Sox. Dempster spent nine of his 16 major league seasons with the Cubs. He had a career record of 132-and-133 with a 4.35 ERA and 87 saves for the Marlins, Reds, Rangers, Cubs and Red Sox.
>>Yankees Sign Reliever Miller To Four-Year Deal
(Bronx, NY) -- The New York Yankees are bolstering their bullpen with the addition of reliever Andrew Miller. The Bronx Bombers have signed the 29-year-old left-hander to a four-year deal worth a reported 36-million-dollars. Miller went 5-and-5 with a 2.02 ERA and one save in 73 games while splitting last season between Boston and Baltimore. He allowed just 33 hits in 62-and-a-third innings, with 103 strikeouts and just 17 walks.
>>Yankees Acquire Gregorius In Three-Team Deal
(Bronx, NY) -- The Yankees may have landed Derek Jeter's replacement. The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that sends shortstop Didi Gregorius from Arizona to New York, right-hander Shane Greene from New York to Detroit, and lefty Robbie Ray and infield prospect Domingo Leyba from Detroit to Arizona. Gregorius hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI last season. Greene was 5-and-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 15 games, including 14 starts.
>>MLB Nats' Werth to Serve Jail Time For Reckless Driving
Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was found guilty of reckless driving Friday and was sentenced to 10 days in jail over a speeding incident in Virginia this past summer.
Werth was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 170 suspended, and will lose his license for six months.
He was clocked going 105 mph in a 55 mph zone on the Capital Beltway in Fairfax County on July 6.
Werth's attorney said he will appeal the judge's sentence. According to Washington television station WRC, it is likely Werth will only have to serve half of his given sentence.
>>Dodgers Claim Lavarnway Off Waivers From Red Sox
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Catcher Ryan Lavarnway is the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have claimed the 27-year-old backstop off waivers from the Red Sox. Boston designated Lavarnway for assignment late last month after signing free agents Pablo Sandoval and former Dodger Hanley Ramirez. Lavarnway was hitless in 10 at-bats for the Red Sox this past season. He has a career average of .201 with five homers and 34 RBI in 97 games.