The Arizona Diamondbacks picked up a potential closer, acquiring Addison Reed in a trade that sent third-base prospect Matt Davidson to the Chicago White Sox.

The Diamondbacks finished 81-81 for the second straight season and tied the Houston Astros for most blown saves in the majors with 29.

Reed, 24, was seventh in the majors with 40 saves last season. He was 5-4 with a 3.79 ERA in 68 games.

"I'm going into spring training and I'm going to try to do everything I can to prove to them that that ninth inning belongs to me," he said.

  • The Atlanta Braves agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with right-handed starter Gavin Floyd, who is recovering from surgery in May to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his right elbow. That ended his seventh season with the Chicago White Sox.

  • The Cleveland Indians and free-agent reliever John Axford have agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.5 million, pending a physical. Axford, who had 46 saves for Milwaukee in 2011 but has struggled the past two seasons, probably will close for the Indians.

  • The Kansas City Royals completed a $30.25 million, four-year deal with free-agent second baseman Omar Infante. He hit .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs in 118 games for Detroit last season.

  • The St. Louis Cardinals signed free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

  • The Minnesota Twins have agreed with right-hander Mike Pelfrey on an $11 million, two-year contract.


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  • Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have worked out a new posting system that caps the fee for players at $20 million. A major league team pays the posting fee only if it signs the player.

    College football

    Cornerback Troy Hill has been suspended indefinitely by No. 10 Oregon following his arrest Friday.

    Hill entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of menacing and criminal mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 21.

  • Auburn's Gus Malzahn won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, presented by the Football Writers Association of America.