The Chicago White Sox acquired All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also included the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Los Angeles received second baseman Micah Johnson, righthander Frankie Montas and outfielder Trayce Thompson from the White Sox, and Cincinnati got infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Peraza and outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers.
The 29-year-old Frazier, who won last summer's All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, was an NL All-Star in each of the past two seasons and hit .255 this year with 43 doubles, 35 homers and 89 RBI.
"I'm pretty excited," he said. "I've got to be truthful with you. I know it's the American League. I know it's gonna be a little different. It might take a little time to get acclimated. But I just saw the lineup on TV. It kind of put a smile on my face to see the guys we've got."
Cleveland adds Napoli
The Indians have an agreement with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli on a $7 million, one-year contract. Napoli's deal includes $3 million in performance bonuses. The 34-year-old hit .224 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI with Boston and Texas last year.
… Forty-two-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year contract to remain with the Mets. … Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina underwent a second operation on his injured left thumb and will be in a cast for 4-5 weeks. … Catcher J.P. Arencibia agreed to a minor league contract with the Phillies.
Ferentz wins Robinson award
Iowa's Kirk Ferentz won the Eddie Robinson Award, given to the nation's top coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Ferentz is the first Iowa coach to win the award in its 59-year history.
Ferentz, the AP national coach of the year in 2002, took a team that went 7-6 in 2014 and led them to the first 12-0 regular season in school history. Iowa lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game. The Hawkeyes (12-1) close out their season by playing Stanford (11-2) in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
China ruins Wambach farewell
Abby Wambach threatened to score several times in the final game of her extraordinary career, but China shut out the World Cup champion United States 1-0 to hand the Americans their first loss on home soil in more than a decade.
Wambach played 72 minutes, managing two threatening headers and a shot from inside the penalty area before subbing out of a match for the final time.
"It's kind of symbolic; I get 70 minutes and we don't score a goal," Wambach said, alluding to why it's time for her, at 35, to retire.
The career leader in international play — for men and women, with 184 goals — kicked off her cleats and hugged each teammate on the field before walking to the bench, smiling, to embrace her coaches and remaining teammates as the crowd chanted her name.
Wambach said her teammates apologized profusely to her afterward, but she told them, "There's nothing to be sorry about. Today wasn't about getting a result."
around the horn
Skiing: Lindsey Vonn was third quickest in a downhill training run at Val d'Isere, France, one of her favorite resorts.
Soccer: Two previously charged defendants in the FIFA corruption case, former FIFA official Jose Maria Marin and Florida businessman Aaron Davidson pleaded not guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and other charges in a new indictment.
Boxing: The late Hector "Macho" Camacho, a three-division champion, was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Also selected were Lupe Pintor and Hilario Zapata, each a two-division champion.