A pair of notable trades were the highlights of a relatively quiet final week of 2011. Here's a look back at what went down ...
- The Red Sox acquired closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney from the Athletics in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and minor leaguers Miles Head and Raul Alcantara.
- The Padres acquired outfielder Carlos Quentin from the White Sox in exchange for minor league pitchers Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez.
- The Giants and ace Tim Lincecum remained far apart on a potential contract extension.
- The Cubs intensified trade talks regarding right-hander Matt Garza. The Tigers are in the mix, as are the Marlins.
- The Blue Jays agreed to sign reliever Darren Oliver to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013.
- The Yankees agreed to sign reserve outfielder Andruw Jones.
- The Mariners signed lefty reliever George Sherrill.
- The Tigers made it be known that they'd be willing to trade right-hander Jacob Turner.
- Lastings Milledge signed a one-year deal with a club option for 2013 with the Yakult Swallows of NPB.
- Prince Fielder's agent insisted that the free agent first baseman does not prefer a short-term contract to a long-term deal.
- The Nationals officially announced the signing of utility man Mark DeRosa.
- The Yankees may have dropped out of the bidding for free agent starter Hiroki Kuroda.
- The Cubs signed right-hander Andy Sonnanstine to a split contract.
- The Yankees signed left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract.
- The Giants signed right-hander Boof Bonser to a minor league contract.
- Melvin Mora called it a career.
- The Athletics expressed strong interest in Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler.
- The Orioles continued conversations with the representatives for free agent lefty Joe Saunders.
- Two teams expressed "viable" interest in free agent Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
- The Mariners expressed interest in signing free agent right-hander Kevin Millwood.
- The Diamondbacks signed Cuban left-hander Alexander Carreras.
- The Cubs signed a pair of Cuban prospects.
- The Astros interviewed ESPN analyst Keith Law for several front office positions.
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