After spending much of the offseason dealing away stars, Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane added one for a change.
The A's acquired versatile two-time All-Star infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for catcher John Jaso and two minor leaguers in a trade between teams that have been very busy this offseason.
"He's really kind of a perfect fit with his skill set," Beane said of Zobrist. "You could probably say that about 29 other clubs. He's a pretty unique player."
Zobrist, 33, helped the Rays make the playoffs four of the past seven seasons, including an improbable run to the World Series in 2008. He hit .272 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI last season, and made starts at second base, shortstop, all three outfield spots and designated hitter. He will start off at second base in Oakland.
Escobar, 32, batted .258 last season and had seven homers and 39 RBI.
Jaso, 31, hit .264 with nine home runs and 40 RBI last season. Tampa Bay also got infielder Daniel Robertson, outfielder Boog Powell and cash.
Finished a rough stretch: Serena Williams, who lost to Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 in the Hopman Cup, completing a weekend including three losses and two racquets broken in anger.
Built his lead: Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher, who won a World Cup giant slalom in Switzerland, his fourth victory in five GS races this season. He leads the discipline standings and overall.
Drew a cheering crowd: Pedro Martinez, who was greeted by thousands of people at a Dominican Republic airport in his homeland days after being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Got caught: New York Jets running back Christopher Johnson, who was arrested in Orlando and is charged with openly carrying a gun. He was stopped for running a stop sign.
Storm delays Vonn's shot at record
Lindsey Vonn's chance to match the all-time record for World Cup victories by a woman was postponed when a storm wrecked the finish line and safety fencing on the downhill course at Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria.
The International Ski Federation said there's still a chance a super-G can be held on the same course Sunday.
The super-G could be Vonn's next chance to match the all-time record of 62 women's World Cup wins by Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria.
"Finally I figured out this downhill course and we have a wind storm... ugh," Vonn tweeted.
Steelers defensive leader LeBeau resigns
Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau resigned as the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
LeBeau, 77, had been with the organization for 16 seasons, serving as defensive coordinator from 1995-96 and from 2004-14. He was also the team's secondary coach from 1992-94.
He was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
It's crowded at the top at Kapalua
Zach Johnson putted for birdie on every hole. Jimmy Walker got in the mix with five birdies in eight holes. Russell Henley and Bae Sang-Moon held their own on another gorgeous day at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.
They were part of a four-way tie for the lead Saturday, the largest jam at the 36-hole mark in the 17 years this winners-only event has been played at Kapalua.
AROUND THE HORN
Men's tennis: Roger Federer beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 and advanced to the final of the Brisbane International in Australia. He'll face Milos Raonic, who beat Kei Nishikori 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4).
Baseball: Washington pitcher Jayson Werth underwent surgery to repair the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder. He won't pitch again for at least two months and might not be ready for Opening Day April 6.
750Entry fees are being accepted for the first Race to Alaska, and the rules are simple. Get a boat without an engine and be the first to reach Alaska from Washington's north coast 750 miles away, starting June 4. First prize is $10,000, and among entrants are a chin-up champion, a Canadian kilt manufacturer and a stand-up paddleboarder.