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Major League Baseball sees retirements, cements legacies

Managers might rule the day at this year's Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre were elected by the Expansion Era committee on Monday. All were unanimous selections by its 16 members.

The results were announced as baseball's Winter Meetings began at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort. Twelve votes were needed for election.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 27 at Cooperstown, New York.

Roy Halladay, who won 203 games in his 16-year career, announced his retirement.

Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays during the first day of baseball's Winter Meetings.

Halladay, 36, underwent shoulder surgery this past season and went just 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA in 13 starts. He finishes his career with 203-105 record and a 3.38 ERA.

Halladay won a Cy Young Award in both leagues, in the American League with the Blue Jays in 2003 and in the National League with the Phillies in 2010. He was also selected to eight All-Star Games.

After spending last winter slashing their payroll, the Miami Marlins signed free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year, US$21 million contract.

The 28-year-old switch-hitter helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series this year, though he lost playing time to backup catcher David Ross late in the postseason.

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Felipe Paulino, who missed most of 2012 and all of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery and underwent shoulder surgery two months ago, reported.

According to the report, Paulino will get US$1.75 million. The White Sox have a US$4 million option or US$250,000 buyout for 2015.

In his seven starts for the Kansas City Royals in 2012, he was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA.

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