Bobby Jenks, Kerry Wood and Josh Willingham changed uniforms while Magglio Ordoñez stayed in Detroit as several teams tried to wrap up business Thursday before taking a holiday break.
A December flurry of activity saw Minnesota reach a deal with Japanese batting champion Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and the Los Angeles Dodgers get reliever Matt Guerrier.
The Boston Red Sox stayed busy, reaching agreement with Jenks on a $12 million, two-year contract. The right-hander had 27 saves for the White Sox last season.
Boston also agreed to a one-year contract with right-handed reliever Matt Albers, and sent utilityman Eric Patterson to San Diego to complete the trade for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
Wood, 33, is going back to the Chicago Cubs on a one-year deal with a base guarantee of $1.5 million. He was the NL Rookie of the Year with the Cubs in 1998 and nearly helped pitch them into the 2003 World Series.
The Oakland Athletics acquired Willingham from the Washington Nationals for a pair of prospects, right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown.
The A’s, who had trouble scoring last season, have added Willingham and David DeJesus to their outfield in the offseason. Willingham hit .268 with 16 homers and 56 RBI for the Nationals.
Ordoñez, 36, and the Tigers agreed on a $10 million, one-year contract after Detroit declined the six-time All-Star outfielder’s $15 million option in October. He hit .303 with 12 homers and 59 RBI in 84 games last season.
The versatile Nishioka and the Twins reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year contract worth about $10 million. He hit .346 last season in Japan.
Cleveland agreed to terms with infielder Adam Everett on a minor league deal, Toronto brought back designated hitter-first baseman Edwin Encarnacion for $2.5 million, with a club option for a second year at $3.5 million, and the Nationals re-signed Chien-Ming Wang to a one-year major-league contract.