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Doumit traded to ATL, Yankees hit with bill

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POSTED December 18, 2013 11:03 p.m.

Looking for catching depth after losing Brian McCann to free agency, the Atlanta Braves acquired Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Sean Gilmartin. The 32-year-old Doumit could share time with Evan Gattis, a rookie last season who is McCann’s projected replacement as Atlanta’s primary starter.

Luxury tax bill

The New York Yankees were hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003. According to Major League Baseball calculations sent to teams Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million. Boston finished just under for the second straight year, coming in $225,666 shy of the $178 million mark.

Court: MLB can depose
A-Rod’s cousin

A Florida appeals court has ruled Major League Baseball can take a deposition from a cousin of Alex Rodriguez as part of the sport’s lawsuit involving banned substances. The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled 3-0 Wednesday that A-Rod’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, and another witness must submit to the depositions. The court rejected arguments that MLB’s case against Biogenesis of America and others belonged in federal rather than state court.

Short hops

Casey McGehee agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract with the Marlins. ... Eric Chavez reached an agreement to re-sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks. ... A person familiar with the situation says the San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract. ... Cleveland acquired Josh Outman on Wednesday from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for outfielder Drew Stubbs. ... First baseman Travis Ishikawa and left-handed reliever Daniel Schlereth were among seven players who agreed Wednesday to minor league contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Pitcher Roberto Hernandez and the Philadelphia Phillies completed a $4.5 million, one-year contract.

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