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ATLANTA (AP) With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.

Just one year removed from an NL East championship and a perennial playoff team, the Braves are now aiming to rebuild and take a top club into suburban SunTrust Park in 2017.

Upton was traded along with a minor league pitcher for a package of four San Diego prospects, including former first-round pick Max Fried, a left-handed pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery and years away from pitching in the big leagues. The Braves also acquired San Diego's fourth international bonus pool slot.

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Giants re-sign Peavy, trade for McGehee

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When Jake Peavy joined the San Francisco Giants midseason, he brought an energy to the mound that added a new dimension to their rotation.

Now, the Giants are keeping a key member of their World Series championship team, bringing back Peavy with hopes of another October run.

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Dodgers release RHP Wilson, owe him $10M

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.

Los Angeles must pay at least the balance of Wilson's $10 million contract for 2015 to part ways with the reliever who revitalized his career with the Dodgers in 2013. Any major league team that signs Wilson will pay the minimum $507,000 salary, with the Dodgers paying the rest.

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MLB reaches 5-year deal with umpires

NEW YORK (AP) Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.

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Yanks' Prado to Miami for Eovaldi, Jones

NEW YORK (AP) Looking for rotation help at a relatively low price, the New York Yankees acquired right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from the Miami Marlins on Friday for versatile Martin Prado and righty David Phelps.

A right-hander who turns 25 in February, Eovaldi was obtained by the Marlins in July 2012 as part of the deal that sent All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He throws at up to 98 mph and was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 199 2-3 innings last season.

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Padres obtain 3B Middlebrooks from BoSox

SAN DIEGO (AP) In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan on Friday night.

Hanigan was acquired by San Diego from Tampa Bay earlier in the day in an 11-player, three-team deal that also brought outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, to the Padres.

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Pirates, 1B Hart agree to $2.5M contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) First baseman Corey Hart and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

The deal, which includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses, gives the Pirates a right-handed option at first base to join left-handed slugger Pedro Alvarez, who is moving from third to first.

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Cubs, C Ross agree on $5M, 2-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) David Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester.

The sides made the free-agent deal Friday.

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Angels acquire 2B Giavotella from Royals

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have acquired second baseman Johnny Giavotella from the Kansas City Royals for minor league pitcher Brian Broderick.

The clubs announced the deal Friday.

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Dodgers end Yanks' 15-year spending run

NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball on Friday and obtained by The Associated Press. That is more than $20 million above the previous high, set by the Yankees last year.

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