Major League Baseball roundup

Tue Dec 9, 2014 7:15pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was focused on pitching and landed two of the top arms on the market, acquiring right-hander Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics and signing Yankees free agent closer David Robertson.

Robertson was the top closer on the market and will reportedly received $46 million over four years from the White Sox.

Samardzija, 29, has said he wants to test the open market after the 2015 season. He had 202 strikeouts in 219 2/3 innings with a 2.99 ERA with the Cubs and Athletics last season.

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The Chicago Cubs added the veteran catcher they have been looking for by acquiring Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade for two minor-league pitchers Monday at baseball's Winter Meetings.

The Diamondbacks received right-handers Zack Godley and Jeferson Mejia.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates reached agreement with pitcher Francisco Liriano on a three-year, $39 million contract, according to reports Tuesday.

The Pirates retained the free-agent left-hander who turned down their one-year, $15.1 million qualifying offer in November.   Continued...