NEW YORK All-Star catcher Jason Kendall would go from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Oakland Athletics for left-handers Mark Redman and Arthur Rhodes in a trade that was close to being finalized Wednesday.
A baseball official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deal was near completion. And Kendall's agent informed Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield that the 30-year-old California native would waive his no-trade clause to play for the A's, a person close to Kendall said.
Damian Miller, who caught for Oakland last season, was in Milwaukee for a news conference to announce his $8.75 million, three-year contract with the Brewers. He took a physical, but the news conference was canceled because Milwaukee's team doctors had scattered for the Thanksgiving holiday and weren't available to read the results of an MRI exam on his right shoulder.
''I can't tell you whether he's failed or passed the physical,'' general manager Doug Melvin said, ''because we haven't finished the evaluation.''
In other free-agent news, closer Bob Wickman decided to stay with the Cleveland Indians, agreeing to a $2.75 million, one-year contract. And the Minnesota Twins got a veteran to back up Joe Mauer, agreeing to a $1.8 million, two-year contract with catcher Mike Redmond.
In a minor trade of outfielders, the Pirates acquired Antonio Sucre from the soon-to-be Washington Nationals for J.J. Davis.
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