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MLB notebook: Prosecutors seeking more jail time for Dykstra

| Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 8:00 p.m.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are asking that former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra serve a 2½-year prison sentence for pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors said in court documents filed Thursday that a 30-month sentence is appropriate for Dykstra because he has acted as if he was above the law for years.

Dykstra could face 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in July to charges that he hid and sold sports memorabilia and other items which were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy filing. Dykstra is serving a three-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3.

Source: Jays sign Cabrera

A person familiar with the deal said All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera is set to join the busy Toronto Blue Jays in his return from a drug suspension.

Cabrera and the Blue Jays reached agreement on a two-year contract worth $16 million.

ESPN Deportes first reported the agreement Friday.

The 28-year-old Cabrera was leading the N.L. in hitting at .346 for the San Francisco Giants when he was suspended Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone test. The Giants left Cabrera off their postseason roster on the way to winning the World Series.

Jeter may not be ready to open season

For the first time since 2001, someone other than Derek Jeter might start at shortstop on Opening Day for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Manager Joe Girardi said that he's not sure if Jeter (ankle) will be ready April 1 against the Red Sox.

Hunter deal done

The Detroit Tigers finalized their $26 million, two-year deal with outfielder Torii Hunter.

Hunter hit a career-best .313 last season for the Los Angeles Angels with 16 home runs and 92 RBI. Acquiring a corner outfielder was a priority for Detroit.

Red Sox have talks with Hamilton

The Red Sox confirmed they have talked to Josh Hamilton. A source said the club's interest in the 31-year-old outfielder was “overblown.”

The Red Sox said they have reached out to every prominent free agent.

Around the league

The Athletics traded right-hander Tyson Ross and minor league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones to the Padres for infielder Andy Parrino and left-hander Andrew Werner. ... The Rangers and Padres play two exhibition games March 29-30 in the Alamodome. ... The Atlanta Braves agreed to a two-year deal with backup catcher Gerald Laird. ... Chuck Hernandez was hired as pitching coach for the Miami Marlins.

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