Outfielder Juan Pierre was traded to the Chicago White Sox from the Los Angeles Dodgers yesterday along with $10.5 million for two players to be named.
The 32-year-old hit .308 with 30 stolen bases, 57 runs and a .365 on-base percentage in 145 games with the Dodgers last year, getting playing time when Manny Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy.
Once Ramirez returned, Pierre became a reserve again.
Los Angeles is sending Chicago $7 million in 2010 and $3.5 million in 2011 to cover a majority of what remains in Pierre's $44 million, 5-year contract. He is due $10 million next season and $8.5 million in 2011.
* Managers Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Torre and Mike Scioscia have been selected for a committee that could recommend expanded instant replay and playoff format changes.
The group was selected by commissioner Bud Selig and also will examine scheduling, umpiring and pace of game. No players or umpires are included.
The committee includes Baltimore president for baseball operations Andy MacPhail, Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro, Atlanta president John Schuerholz and former Minnesota GM Terry Ryan. There are four owner representatives: the Phillies' Dave Montgomery, Toronto's Paul Beeston, Seattle's Chuck Armstrong and St. Louis' Bill DeWitt.
* An ownership dispute between Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife will linger through at least a third of the 2010 season after a judge set a hearing for late May. McCourt, mired in a bitter divorce with wife Jamie, had wanted the ownership issue decided by spring training.
* Toronto's Adam Lind won the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. Lind batted .305 with 35 home runs, 114 RBI and 46 doubles last season. He appeared in 95 games as a DH, compiling a .299 average with 21 homers and 74 RBI.
* A person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press that the New York Mets are close to completing a 2-year contract with Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi, a 30-year-old righthander who pitched for the Yakult Swallows in the Japanese Central League.