Major League Baseball roundup
Dec 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Major League Baseball and its players association were prepared to go extra innings but instead agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, with the five-year deal completed only hours before the old one was to expire.
MLB announced that the sides reached a tentative agreement, pending ratification by both management and the players.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are actively trying to trade 2013 National League MVP and center fielder Andrew McCutchen for top prospects, according to multiple reports.
McCutchen, 30, is under contract for $14 million in 2017 and has a $14.5 million club option for the 2018 campaign.
The Seattle Mariners outrighted the contract of switch-handed pitcher Pat Venditte to Triple-A Tacoma.
Venditte, 31, was designated for assignment on Nov. 23 after making 15 relief appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle last season. He went 0-0 with a 5.73 ERA between the two clubs.