Melky Cabrera, coming off a breakout season with the Kansas City Royals, was traded Monday to the San Francisco Giants for left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez and pitching prospect Ryan Verdugo.
Cabrera hit .305 with 18 home runs, 44 doubles and 87 RBI -- all career highs -- during his only season in Kansas City.
The 27-year-old, who got his start with the New York Yankees in 2005, is a career .275 hitter.
Sanchez, 28, threw a no-hitter two years ago but struggled to a 4-7 record with a 4.26 earned-run average in 19 starts this past season. In 2010, the native of Puerto Rico was 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 33 starts as San Francisco won the World Series. He has a strikeout rate of 9.355 per nine innings -- third-best in MLB (minimum 700 innings) since 2006.
Verdugo, 24, was 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 25 starts for double-A Richmond this year.
MARLINS OPEN WALLET
The Florida Marlins, determined to make a splash as they prepare to move into a new stadium, have "reached out" to free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes, ESPN.com reported Monday.
Should Florida sign Reyes, current Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez would willingly move to another position.
A team official also said the Marlins would attempt to lure a high-profile first baseman, Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder, to Florida.
MADDUX SAYS NO TO BOSTON
Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has pulled out of the sweepstakes for the job of managing the Boston Red Sox.
Maddux, who was to have interviewed for the position Tuesday, said Monday it was a family matter and "the timing was just not right now for Boston."
Maddux remains a candidate to become manager of the Chicago Cubs.
The Red Sox have interviewed Peter Mackanin and Dale Sveum and will talk with Sandy Alomar Jr. on Wednesday.
Sveum, the Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach, is also a leading candidate for the Cubs job.
O'S HIRE FORMER BOSOX BOSS
After nearly a decade away from pro baseball, Dan Duquette will be introduced Tuesday as president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles.
Duquette is being hired to replace Andy MacPhail, who left the Orioles last month after 4 1/2 seasons on the job.
It will be Duquette's first job in Major League Baseball since 2002, when he was fired as general manager of the Boston Red Sox soon after new ownership took over. During his eight years in Boston, Duquette starting building a base that led to the Red Sox' success under GM Theo Epstein.
Duquette, who had been running a sports academy in Massachusetts, is the cousin of former Orioles vice-president of baseball operations Jim Duquette, who resigned in 2007 after two years with the team.
MacPhail's departure wasn't a surprise after the Orioles went 69-93 in 2011, their 14th consecutive losing season.
RYAN IN CHARGE AGAIN
Terry Ryan is back, on an interim basis, as the Minnesota Twins general manager, replacing Bill Smith.
Ryan, 58, served as the Twins GM from 1994 to 2007, when he stepped down to become an adviser to the team. Smith, who had been with the franchise since 1986, then took over as GM.
"No one in the Twins organization wants to win any more than Bill," Twins owner Jim Pohlad said Monday. "He is unquestionably loyal, committed and talented. The Twins' goal is to get better in 2012 and beyond. Bill was equally motivated to achieve that goal but we differed in the scope and approach that was required."
Smith took the firing graciously, saying, "It gives me great pleasure to hand this baton back to the best baseball man I have ever known, Terry Ryan."