Marlins claim RHP Claiborne off waivers

MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have claimed reliever Preston Claiborne off waivers from the New York Yankees.

Miami made the waiver claim Tuesday. The Yankees designated Claiborne, a former Tulane player, for assignment last week when they acquired right-hander Nathan Eovaldi from the Marlins in a five-player trade.

Claiborne, a right-hander who will be 27 in January, made 18 appearances for New York last season and was 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA.

He is 3-2 in 62 games over two major league seasons with a 3.79 ERA.

Peavy, Giants finalize $24 million contract

SAN FRANCISCO — Jake Peavy had no problem being patient as the San Francisco Giants pursued re-signing Pablo Sandoval and went after Jon Lester.

Peavy knew where he wanted to be. Anyway, he needed a bit of downtime to recharge and discuss his options with family after the thrill of winning another championship and to get a feel for his first free agency experience.

“I wasn’t Jon Lester, let’s get this straight,” Peavy said good-naturedly Tuesday after finalizing a $24 million, two-year contract that came together last week. “I wasn’t flying around.”

Peavy will receive a $4 million signing bonus, $7 million next season and $13 million in 2016. The contract includes a full no-trade provision and award bonuses.

A 33-year-old right-hander, Peavy was traded to San Francisco on July 26. After beginning 1-9 with Boston, Peavy went 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts for San Francisco. He was 1-2 in four postseason outings.

MLB average salary exceeds $3.8 million

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8 million this year following the steepest rise in more than a decade, putting big leaguers on track to top the $4 million barrier for the first time in 2015.

The Major League Baseball Players Association said Tuesday the average salary was $3,818,923, up from $3,386,212 last year. The 12.78 percent hike was the biggest since a 12.83 percent rise from 2000 to 2001.

Player salaries are spurting after several years of more modest gains.

The increase is fueled by record revenue in the $9 billion range, much of it from national television contracts and club deals with regional sports networks.

The average topped $1 million for the first time in 1992, crossed the $2 million barrier in 2001 and the $3 million mark in 2010.

Blue Jays claim lefty Barnes, righty Guilmet

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed left-hander Scott Barnes off waivers from the Texas Rangers and righty Preston Guilmet from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Barnes was 0-1 with a 5.20 ERA and a save over 22 appearances with the Rangers last season. Guilmet was 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA over 10 games with the Pirates.

Rookie NASCAR driver Larson a father

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — NASCAR driver Kyle Larson is a rookie again, this time a new father.

The 22-year-old Chip Ganassi Racing driver welcomed his first child Monday. Larson tweeted a photo of himself, girlfriend Katelyn Sweet and their newborn son, Owen, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center on Tuesday.

Larson said Owen Miyata Larson was born Monday at 11:09 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.

The 2014 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year, Larson finished 17th in the point standings. He had eight top-five finishes and 17 top-10s in 2014.

Sweet is the sister of Brad Sweet, a sprint-car racer who also has competed in NASCAR.

Ex-NASCAR racer Walker pleads guilty

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A former NASCAR driver who led police on a 150 mph chase through three states pleaded guilty Tuesday under a deal that spares him any prison time.

Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker, 35, entered the plea in a St. George court to felony counts of failure to stop for an officer and possession of a controlled substance, the Spectrum report.

He also pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors: impaired driving, possession of drug paraphernalia and having an open container of alcohol in the car.

Compiled from The Associated Press