The Cubs acquired reliever Kevin Gregg in a trade with the Marlins on Thursday, a move that appears to end Kerry Wood's career with the team.
Wood, the 1998 NL Rookie of the Year who saved 34 games this year, had been the longest-tenured player on the Cubs. General Manager Jim Hendry said Wood was deserving of a three- or four-year deal and the Cubs are not prepared to offer him one.
In addition to the right-handed Gregg, who was the Marlins' closer until the final month last season, Chicago also has a talented setup man in Carlos Marmol, who could close.
Gregg was acquired for minor-league pitcher Jose Ceda.
Bothered by a sore left knee, Gregg finished 7-8 with a 3.41 ERA and 29 saves. His nine blown saves tied for most in the majors.
Yanks trade for Swisher
The Yankees started their off-season makeover by acquiring Nick Swisher from the White Sox on Thursday.
Swisher, who can play first base and all three outfield spots, was obtained for pitching prospect Jeff Marquez and infielder Wilson Betemit.
Swisher, who turns 28 on Nov. 25, hit just .219 with 24 homers and 69 RBI last season.
Around the majors
Reds: Former Pirates GM Cam Bonifay and two others joined the Reds front-office staff Thursday. Bonifay and longtime Cardinals scout Mike Squires were hired as special assistants to General Manager Walt Jocketty. Ex-Rockies coach Jamie Quirk was named a professional scout.
Diamondbacks: Randy Johnson filed for free agency on Thursday after failing to reach a contract agreement to return to Arizona. The 45-year-old lefty is five victories shy of 300 and "hopes to find a team where he can continue to pitch at a high level and contribute to another world championship," agents Barry Meister and Alan Nero said in a statement.
Twins: Manager Ron Gardenhire was signed to a two-year contract extension through the 2011 season.