The Chicago White Sox got the leadoff man and leftfielder they needed, and Juan Pierre got the chance to be an everyday player again.
The White Sox acquired Pierre and $10.5 million from the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday for two players to be named.
The 32-year-old Pierre hit .308 with 30 stolen bases, 57 runs, and a .365 on-base percentage in 145 games with the Dodgers last season, getting steady playing time when Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy.
Once Ramirez returned, Pierre became a reserve.
Los Angeles is sending Chicago $7 million in 2010 and $3.5 million in 2011 to cover the majority of what remains on Pierre's $44 million, five-year contract. He is due $10 million next season and $8.5 million in 2011.
Pierre was on the 2003 Florida Marlins team that won the World Series. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was the third-base coach on that club.
Mets. A source said that New York was close to completing a two-year contract with Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi, a 30-year-old righthander who pitched for the Yakult Swallows in the Japanese Central League.
Looking at instant replay. With critics calling for expanded video review of umpires' calls and players pushing to expand the first round of the playoffs, baseball commissioner Bud Selig established a 16-person committee of managers and executives to study the issues.
Among those selected for the committee, which Selig will chair, are managers Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Torre, and Mike Scioscia, along with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and Phillies president Dave Montgomery.
After a series of blown calls by umpires during the playoffs, there were calls for baseball to expand video review, which began in 2008 and is limited to whether potential home runs are fair and whether the ball went over the fence.
The group will examine scheduling, umpiring, the strike zone, and the pace of game.
No players or umpires were included.
New union head Michael Weiner said earlier this month that players may propose during the next round of bargaining in 2011 to expand the first round of the playoffs to best-of-seven from best-of-five.
Rangers. Texas owner Tom Hicks will enter into an exclusive negotiation for the sale of the team to a group headed by Pittsburgh lawyer Chuck Greenberg, one that includes team president Nolan Ryan.
Any agreement must be submitted to the commissioner's office and approved by 75 percent or more of all owners.
Dodgers. An ownership dispute between Los Angeles owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife will linger into the season after a judge set a hearing for late May.
McCourt is mired in a divorce with his wife, Jamie.