Major League Baseball ensured its first decade of labor peace since the 1960s by agreeing to a five-year contract with umpires that runs through 2014.
The deal announced yesterday was the second straight achieved without acrimony since a failed mass resignation in 1999 led to 22 umpires losing their jobs.
Owners are expected to vote on the deal when they meet in the Phoenix area on Jan. 14, and umpires are set for balloting four days later.
The deal leaves the collective bargaining agreement with players as baseball's next labor negotiation. That expires in December 2011.
The Atlanta Braves reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract with third baseman Troy Glaus, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press.
The Braves probably would use the 33-year-old at first base in place of Adam LaRoche, who became a free agent.
A person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press that righthanded reliever Fernando Rodney has reached a preliminary agreement with the Los Angeles Angels on a two-year deal worth $11 million.
Darren Oliver returned to the Texas Rangers, saying his career will end where it began 16 years ago. The 39-year-old lefthander wasn't ready to say how long his third Texas stint will last after agreeing to a $3.5 million, one-year deal that includes a 2011 option.
The Oakland Athletics finalized a $5.25 million, one-year contract with free-agent outfielder Coco Crisp.
Lefthanded reliever Jack Taschner signed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will be invited to spring training.
First baseman Nick Johnson returned to the New York Yankees from the Florida Marlins, finalizing a $5.75 million, one-year contract.
LACROSSE: The Wings will have 14 players back when they open the 2010 National Lacrosse League season on Jan. 8 at Orlando. The home opener is Jan. 16 against the Boston Blazers at the Wachovia Center.
Key returnees on the 23-man roster include former all-stars Geoff Snider; Kyle Sweeney, who starred at Springfield (Delco); Taylor Wray; and Drew Westervelt; plus goaltenders Rob Blasdell and Brandon Miller. The team's leading goal scorer, Merrick Thomson, is back along with team captain Thomas Hajek and top overall scorer Mat Giles.
Newcomers include Ridley native Bill McGlone; Bob Snider, the Wings' top draft pick; and Kevin Huntley, a top-five overall draft choice in 2008 who did not not play last season. They will be joined by John Christmas (Lower Merion), who took last season off to start an urban youth lacrosse organization, and Jason Crosbie who played for Toronto in 2009.
WINTER SPORTS: Johnny Spillane made his fourth U.S. Olympic team, defeating rivals Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong in the Nordic combined Olympic trials in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Spillane won the world championship in 2003 to become the first American to take a major international competition.
Defending moguls world champion Patrick Deneen and World Cup titlist Hannah Kearney won Olympic trials to earn spots on the U.S. freestyle team.