Royals get outfielder in deal with Mariners
• The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash.
Peguero, 26, has spent parts of the last three seasons with Seattle. He is a career .195 hitter with nine homers and 27 RBI in 219 at-bats in the majors.
Kansas City also designated left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford for assignment. Teaford made one appearance for the Royals in 2013, pitching two-thirds of an inning at Cleveland on July 14.
• The St. Louis Cardinals and infielder Daniel Descalso, 27, avoided arbitration, agreeing to a $1.29 million, one-year deal. Descalso set career bests with five home runs, 42 RBI, 25 doubles and 43 runs scored last season.
• Infielder Ramon Santiago agreed to a minor-league deal with the Cincinnati Reds after 12 years with the Detroit Tigers. Santiago, 34, hit .224 with one homer and 14 RBI in 80 games last year. He is a career .243 hitter with 28 homers and 197 RBI.
• The New York Yankees signed Scott Sizemore to a minor-league deal, giving the team an option at third base. Sizemore, 29, was limited to six games over two years because of an injured knee.
• The Texas Rangers were awarded left-hander Pedro Figueroa on a waiver claim from the Tampa Bay Rays. Figueroa, 28, made 24 relief appearances over two seasons for the A’s. The Rangers also designated right-hander Chaz Roe, 27, of Steubenville, for assignment.
• The Minnesota Twins signed a minor-league deal with reliever Matt Guerrier, 35, who had a 3.38 ERA in 472 innings with the Twins from 2004-10. He was with the Chicago Cubs last season before having tendon surgery.
• Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Christopher O’Hare, 23, a minor-leaguer selected out of Fisher College in the 23rd round of last June’s amateur draft, was suspended for the first 50 games of the season for a second positive test for a banned substance.
L.A. Galaxy to create low-level farm club
• The Los Angeles Galaxy will become the first team in Major League Soccer to operate a lower-division farm club. The LA Galaxy II will compete in the United Soccer Leagues’ Professional Division. Curt Onalfo will be the coach.
• After returning from 12 days of training in Brazil, the U.S. soccer team will take the field in one of its final pre-World Cup matches when it hosts South Korea on Saturday in Carson, Calif. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann pared the roster to 22 players.
• The New York Red Bulls signed defender Jamison Olave to a new contract. Olave, 32, of Colombia, was the team’s 2013 defensive player of the year, and led New York defenders with four goals.
Phoenix Coyotes will change name
• The Phoenix Coyotes will become the Arizona Coyotes in the 2014-15 season. The team has been known as the Phoenix Coyotes since moving from Winnipeg in 1996. It moved from Phoenix to Glendale in 2003.
• Defenseman Mark Fistric agreed to a three-year, $3.8 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. Fistric signed as a free agent in August.
• TCU defensive end Devonte Fields declined to press charges after telling Fort Worth, Texas, police that he was beaten by armed robbers.
• The University of Iowa fired an athletics department accountant after auditors projected $66,000 is missing from ticket sales for a train that takes fans to the football stadium.
— From wire reports