Cubs-Angels deal: Los Angeles acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from Chicago for $100,000 or a player to be named. La Stella batted .266 in 2018 while appearing in a career-high 123 games this year. La Stella, 29, set a single-season franchise record with 24 pinch hits in 2018.
Padres: Free-agent starting pitcher Garrett Richards agreed to a two-year contract. Terms of the deal are not known. Richards, a 30-year-old righthander, underwent Tommy John surgery in July and is not expected to pitch next season. He has started just 28 games (1382⁄3 innings) in the past three seasons due to various arm ailments. Richards has a 3.15 ERA with 1.17 walks and hits per innings pitched over his past 86 starts, dating to the beginning of the 2014 season. That includes a 3.66 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 16 starts in 2018. Rockies: Left-handed reliever Chris Rusin agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.7 million, a deal with a $400,000 raise that avoided salary arbitration. The 32-yearold was 2-3 with a 6.09 ERA in 49 appearances last season. In the postseason, Rusin threw four scoreless innings.
Twins: Infielder Ehire Adrianza agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract, a raise of $300,000.
MLB in Portland?: A group seeking to lure a Major League Baseball team to Portland, Oregon, announced that it has signed an agreement in principle to develop a 45-acre waterfront site and build a 30,000-seat ballpark. The agreement with the Port of Portland was announced Thursday by the Portland Diamond Project. Mariners-Braves deal: Seattle acquired 21-yearold left-hander Ricardo Sanchez from Atlanta in exchange for cash considerations. Sanchez started 13 games for Double-A Mississippi last season, going 2-5 with a 4.06 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 572⁄3 innings.
Royals: Infielder Cheslor Cuthbert, left-hander Brian Flynn and righthander Jesse Hahn signed one-year contracts for next season ahead of baseball’s non-tender deadline. Cuthbert will earn $850,000 while Flynn and Hahn will make $800,000.