The Detroit Tigers traded righthanded starter

Doug Fister

to the Washington Nationals on Monday for infielder

Steve Lombardozzi

, lefthander

Ian Krol

, and minor-league lefthander

Robbie Ray

. The Tigers also struck a one-year deal with infielder

Don Kelly


Major League Baseball teams had until midnight Monday to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. Once a player receives a contract offer, his team no longer can release him before the start of the season without giving him termination pay.

Among players already on the free-agent market, lefthander Scott Kazmir was closing in on a $22 million, two-year contract with Oakland. The 29-year-old went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA last season for Cleveland.

Catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to an $8 million, two-year deal with Toronto, a source said.

The New York Yankees traded catcher Chris Stewart to Pittsburgh for a player to be named. The Yankees also finalized a $5 million, two-year contract with infielder Brendan Ryan.

Infielder Willie Bloomquist agreed to return to Seattle pending a physical, a source said.

Among the players let loose were Boston righthander Andrew Bailey (Paul VI High) and outfielder Ryan Kalish, New York Mets righthander Jeremy Hefner, and Kansas City infielder Chris Getz.

Arizona completed its staff by naming Mike Harkey pitching coach and Mel Stottlemyre Jr. bullpen coach.

ARENA FOOTBALL Quarterback Bryan Randall was assigned to the Soul roster. Virginia Tech's career leader in passing yards (6,508) and total offense (8,034), he last played in the Arena League in 2012. He completed 175 of 278 passes for 2,142 yards and 39 touchdowns (nine interceptions) as a Pittsburgh Power rookie.

SOCCER Pele is to appear at Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup, but his role is a secret.

WINTER SPORTS The naming of the Australian women's Olympic figure-skating team has been delayed because Chantelle Kerry took a dispute over the selection of fellow prospect Brooklee Han to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Kerry claims that the U.S.-born Han is ineligible for the Sochi Games because she entered an event without the approval of the national federation.

- Associated Press