Kansas City, Mo. Trimming salary in a 2-for-1 deal, the Kansas City Royals sent infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen to Chicago for two players Friday and declined options on three others, including last season’s top home run hitter.
Teahen, who had played infield and outfield at various times without complaint, was traded for infielders Chris Getz and Josh Fields. After being moved out of his third base spot to make room for heralded newcomer Alex Gordon, Teahen had struggled to find a position, going from first base to the two corner outfield spots. When Gordon underwent surgery early last season, he went back to third and hit .271 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs.
The Royals also announced they had declined 2010 options for outfielder Coco Crisp, right-hander Yasuhiko Yabuta and catcher Miguel Olivo, who led the Royals last year with 23 home runs.
Crisp and Olivo are eligible for free agency, and general manager Dayton Moore said it was possible they could still rejoin the team.
The Royals sent an undisclosed amount of cash to the White Sox but probably still saved a lot of money. Teahen was eligible for arbitration and probably would have received a raise to about $5 million. He made about $3.75 million in 2009.
Crisp had an $8 million option with a $500,000 buyout. Olivo had an option of $3.3 million and a buyout of $100,000. Yabuta’s option was $4 million and his buyout was $500,000.
Getz, 26, was Chicago’s second baseman for much of last year and hit .261 with two home runs, 19 doubles and 31 RBIs.
Fields, 26, appeared in 79 games in 2009 and hit .222 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs.
Twins trade for Hardy
Minneapolis — The Minnesota Twins acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy on Friday, sending speedy outfielder Carlos Gomez to the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade. The 27-year-old Hardy batted .229 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 115 games for the Brewers in 2009. Gomez, who turns 24 in December, batted .229 with three home runs and 28 RBI in 137 games with the Twins last season.
Ramirez to stay in L.A.
Los Angeles — Manny Ramirez is coming back to the Dodgers next season. The team said Friday that the slugger exercised his $20 million contract option for 2010. His agent Scott Boras informed general manager Ned Colletti of the decision, which Ramirez had until this month to make.
He could have exercised an out clause in the two-year, $45 million deal he signed in March.
Ramirez hit .290 with 19 home runs and 63 RBIs in 104 regular-season games. He missed 50 games while suspended for violating baseball’s drug policy.
Parade honors Yankees
New York — Crowds roared, church bells rang and streams of paper rained down on Broadway as the New York Yankees celebrated their 27th championship Friday in a way only this city can, with a parade up the Canyon of Heroes.
The players, joined by a few celebrity fans and Yankees of the past, drank it all in as they rode on floats and double-decker buses through Manhattan’s financial district. Shortstop Derek Jeter carried the trophy, hoisting it high above his head while the crowd screamed and “We are the Champions” blasted on loudspeakers.
Gordon takes Texas pole
Fort Worth, Texas — Jeff Gordon is on the pole in Texas.
Gordon won his first pole of the season with a qualifying lap of 191.117 mph at the 11⁄2-mile, high-banked track where he got his only victory of the season in April. It was his first win in Texas.
It is the 68th career pole for the four-time champion, who is third in the standings this season.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson, who is going for his unprecedented fourth consecutive title, qualified 12th. Mark Martin, who is second 184 points behind, starts seventh Sunday.
Busch stretches streak
Fort Worth, Texas — Kyle Busch won his fifth straight truck race, extending the streak that began at Bristol in August when he beat Matt Crafton by 0.725 seconds at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas track Friday night. Series points leader Ron Hornaday was third, nearly 10 seconds behind Crafton.
Three Packers fined
New York — Green Bay Packers Johnny Jolly, Al Harris and rookie B.J. Raji have been fined $5,000 each by the NFL for actions in last Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. Defensive tackle Jolly was fined on Friday for unnecessary roughness for head-butting Minnesota running back Chester Taylor. Cornerback Harris was fined for unnecessary roughness for grabbing a helmet-opening to make a tackle, and DT Raji was fined $5,000 for a major facemask violation.
Law, Broncos reach deal
Englewood, Colo. — Defensive back Ty Law has agreed to terms on a deal with the Denver Broncos. Carl Poston, one of Law’s agents, confirmed the news Friday to The Associated Press. Law becomes the latest former New England player to reunite with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who spent his previous eight seasons as an assistant with the Patriots.
UConn guards cleared
Storrs, Conn. — Guards Jerome Dyson and Donnell Beverly have been cleared to play this season for No. 12 Connecticut. The school’s compliance department gave the OK on Friday after going over documents submitted by them as part of a review of the program.
Woods shares HSBC lead
Shanghai — Tiger Woods birdied five of his last 10 holes for another 5-under 67 on Friday at the HSBC Champions, giving him a share of the 36-hole lead with Nick Watney in the final World Golf Championship of the year.
Seven of the top nine players on the leaderboard are from the United States, and the possibility of another No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown looms with Phil Mickelson making three birdies over the last four holes for a 66 to finish one shot behind.
Lang opens with 66
Shima, Japan — American Brittany Lang shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Japan’s Nobuko Kizawa and South Korea’s Hee Young Park after the first round of the Mizuno Classic.