The Giants added versatility to their 40-man roster on Saturday by acquiring infielder-outfielder Breyvic Valera from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations.
Valera, who turns 27 on Tuesday, could be given a chance to win a utility job. The Venezuelan has played mostly second base in pro ball but has been used at most positions. He began last season with the Dodgers, so he’ll be reunited with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ new president of baseball operations.
The switch-hitting Valera played 20 games for the Dodgers and hit .172 before being dealt to Baltimore in July as part of the Manny Machado trade. With the Orioles, Valera hit .286 in 12 games. He was designated for assignment Friday.
Valera, who broke into the majors with the 2017 Cardinals, has fared well in two Triple-A seasons, hitting .301 with a .368 on-base percentage and 17 home runs.
— John Shea
•Reliever Zach Britton agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal to remain with the New York Yankees. Britton, 31, was acquired by the Yankees from Baltimore on July 24 and had a 2.88 ERA and three saves in 25 appearances for New York.
•The New York Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the Milwaukee Brewers for former A’s reliever Bobby Wahl and two minor-leaguers, right-handed reliever Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio.
North Dakota State wins football title
Easton Stick ran for three touchdowns and threw two scoring passes to Darrius Shepherd to send North Dakota State to its record seventh FCS championship with a 38-24 victory over Eastern Washington in Frisco, Texas.
North Dakota State (15-0) has won its FCS titles over the past eight seasons. Eastern Washington (12-3) last won the title in 2010.
Stick, who succeeded Carson Wentz as North Dakota State’s quarterback, threw for 198 yards and ran for 121 in his 49th victory to become the winningest FCS quarterback. Stick leaves with school records for total yards (11,216), passing yards (8,693) and touchdowns (129, including 88 passing and 41 rushing).
Golf: Gary Woodland made a 65-foot eagle putt and finished with a birdie for a 5-under-par 68 to keep his three-shot lead at 17-under 202 in the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii.
Rory McIlroy starts the new year playing in the final group after a 68. Marc Leishman, who made a double bogey Thursday and a triple bogey Friday, eliminated big numbers and had a 68. He was four behind.
Hockey: Kaapo Kakko scored with 1:26 left to give Finland its fifth world junior hockey title, 3-2 over the United States in Vancouver, British Columbia. Kakko broke a tie after the United States rallied on goals by current Sharks prospect Alexander Chmelevski and former Sharks prospect Josh Norris in a 1:46 span midway through the third.
Jesse Ylonen opened the scoring on a power play midway through the second period, and Otto Latvala made it 2-0 in the third — 1:01 before the U.S. began the rally.
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 26 saves for Finland, and Cayden Primeau stopped 28 shots for the U.S.
Finland also won titles in 1987, 1998, 2014 and 2016. The U.S. won the last of its four titles in 2017.
Horse racing: Justify, Accelerate and Monomoy Girl were the three finalists announced for Horse of the Year. The top prize will be handed out at the Eclipse Awards on Jan. 24. Justify won the Triple Crown, Accelerate won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Monomoy Girl capped her year with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
•Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza has returned to exercising horses at Santa Anita for the first time since being seriously injured in a training accident last summer. Espinoza, 46, suffered fractured vertebrae and other injuries in a July 22 accident at Del Mar. He has spent the past five months rehabilitating in the San Diego area.
Skiing: In Zagreb, Croatia, U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin dominated the first women’s World Cup slalom of 2019 to match her personal best winning streak of seven in the discipline.
Soccer: Cesc Fabregas waved to all corners of Stamford Bridge, patted the badge on his Chelsea jersey, and was hugged by teammates David Luiz and Eden Hazard as he walked off the field near the end of an emotional 2-0 win over second-tier Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup. Fabregas likely played his last game for Chelsea — and in English football — ahead of a reported move to French league team Monaco.
Also, Manchester United beat second-tier Reading 2-0 an FA Cup match.
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