LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Wilson was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, three days after the heavily bearded reliever was designated for assignment.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees acquired pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps.

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It’s becoming increasingly obvious that general managers around Major League Baseball don’t place sleep high on their list of priorities. When they’re closing in on a deal? Forget about it. The latest late night/early morning deal is brought to us by Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal , who reports the San Francisco Giants and GM Brian Sabean have reached an agreement to bring back veteran right-hander Jake Peavy on a two-year deal. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick later confirmed the overnight agreement and the financials, which come in at $24 million guaranteed. Peavy will make $7M in 2015 and $13M in 2016. $4M signing bonus and full no trade clause. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 19, 2014 While the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres aggressively move furniture around in hopes of surpassing the Giants in the NL West, the defending World Series champions have yet to make an addition of note this winter. That’s significant on its own accord, but it becomes more glaring when you consider they’ve also lost a cornerstone in Pablo Sandoval, who last month inked a five-year, $95 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. While necessary reinforcements haven’t come in just yet, the Giants are at least keeping other notable pieces on board. On Wednesday, they re-signed reliever Sergio Romo to a potentially steep two-year, $15 million deal . Steep because they’re counting on a bounce-back season from a former closer, which is far from a sure thing. But perhaps not as risky in their mind because of familiarity and comfort on both sides. Now they’ve agreed to bring back the 33-year-old Peavy as well with a multi-year deal, which at least one scout told Yahoo’s Jeff Passan he wasn’t sure he’d be willing to do . Again, though, familiarity and comfort may have won out, and it’s not difficult to understand why considering Peavy’s contributions down the stretch. After being acquired from Boston ahead of the trade deadline, Peavy posted a 2.12 ERA in 12 regular season starts. He was less effective in the postseason, posting a 6.19 ERA in 16 innings, but he’d done his part to help get them there, much like he’d done with Boston one year earlier, and he’s a guy you know Bruce Bochy will be comfortable running out there every fifth day. The price matches what the Giants will need him to be, which is an experienced starter who soaks up innings in the middle of the rotation. But the bigger question may end up being how this will effect their pursuit of free-agent James Shields, who’s similar to Peavy in some ways but provides a higher ceiling and therefore a higher price tag. Will he still be in play for San Francisco, or is this a sign the Giants will focus more on staying the course with pieces they already have rather than making a splash?  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Slugger Matt Kemp has joined the Padres after San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a five-player trade Thursday night.

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The plot is thick as a number of teams have much riding on a trade that is in limbo.

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New GM A.J. Preller has to buy low if the budget-minded Padres want to compete.

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If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it’s hard to see the downside.

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The unpredictable nature of baseball’s offseason struck again on Wednesday, resulting in what would best be described as an awkward tweet from veteran catcher Rene Rivera. Like any good teammate, Rivera went out of his way to welcome free-agent pitcher Brandon Morrow to the San Diego Padres after  he inked a deal with team on Tuesday .  @2Morrow23 good to have you in the team! Excited to work with you! Welcome to the @Padres — Rene Rivera (@ReneRivera13) December 17, 2014 The awkward part? Just as Rivera was welcoming his new teammate to town, he became a new teammate himself. New Padres general manager A.J. Preller continued his aggressive offseason , shipping Rene Rivera to the Tampa Bay Rays as a part of the three-team, 11-player deal that included the Washington Nationals and was highlighted by Wil Myers going to the Padres. #Rays deal in place, per medicals, players being notified. Keys: Myers + Hanigan to #Padres , get Souza from #Nats , Rivera plus from #Padres — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 17, 2014 Hello, good-bye and… “ @ReneRivera13 : @2Morrow23 good to have you in the team! Excited to work with you! Welcome to the @Padres ” Awkward… — Ryan Cohen (@RyanCohen24) December 17, 2014 That about covers it. San Diego also agreed to trade catcher Yasmani Grandal to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Matt Kemp, so they’re essentially starting over at the position in 2015. Veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan was brought over from Tampa, so he figures to get a crack at catching Morrow and San Diego’s other pitchers. Top prospect Austin Hedges should be in the mix as well. As for Rivera, he’s moving on to his seventh organization in 13 professional seasons, but the memories of his extremely short partnership with Morrow will live forever in the hearts of baseball fans.  @realericsachs fastest work relationship in history, lol — Rich Keen (@rich_keen) December 17, 2014 @ReneRivera13 @2Morrow23 @Padres You two worked very well together! — Eric Sachs (@realericsachs) December 17, 2014 Quick, somebody please welcome Rivera to Tampa before this gets out of hand! More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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