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 Posted: Fri Jan 10th, 2014 05:17 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Reserve infielder Jayson Nix has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The deal announced Thursday includes an invitation to major league spring training.

The 31-year-old Nix appeared in 87 games for the New York Yankees in 2013, batting .236 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He played 48 games at shortstop, 41 at third base and four at second base.

Nix is a .218 career hitter in parts of six seasons with the Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies.

The Rays also extended an invitation to major league spring training to outfielder Jerry Sands, who cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Durham.

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lobo316 wrote: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Reserve infielder Jayson Nix has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The deal announced Thursday includes an invitation to major league spring training.

The 31-year-old Nix appeared in 87 games for the New York Yankees in 2013, batting .236 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He played 48 games at shortstop, 41 at third base and four at second base.

Nix is a .218 career hitter in parts of six seasons with the Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies.

The Rays also extended an invitation to major league spring training to outfielder Jerry Sands, who cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Durham.

Our starters in 2013 can't even get major league deals with other teams in 2014.



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Vernon Wells DFA'd by Yankees to make room for Matt Thornton.  That was completely expected.



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HBF wrote: Vernon Wells DFA'd by Yankees to make room for Matt Thornton.  That was completely expected.
No way was Wells playing for the Yanks in 2014. I even have my doubts about Ichiro. I thought they'd do a trade for a non-prospect and not designate him, but still this can't be a complete shock. 



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NEW YORK -- For Alex Rodriguez, the decision of whether to accept a suspension or fight on comes down to dollars and sense.

As the day for arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to rule on Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game ban draws near -- some think it could come as soon as Friday -- the beleaguered slugger has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced ban without attempting to get an injunction delaying his punishment, according to a source in Rodriguez's camp.

According to the source, a suspension longer than 100 games will likely lead Rodriguez and his attorneys to pursue a temporary restraining order against Horowitz's ruling in federal court.

If he is given a shorter suspension, however, "then Alex will have some things to think about," the source told ESPNNewYork.com.

According to the source, who has been privy to some internal discussions in the Rodriguez camp, the player is weighing the financial implications of continuing to fight this battle versus accepting a suspension that will allow him to take the field sometime in the second half of the coming season.

Taking his battle into the courtroom will cost Rodriguez "at least $10 million, with no guarantee of winning," said the source, while a 100-game ban would cost him $15,425,000 of his scheduled $25 million salary for 2014.

"All of this has been presented to Alex, and he is weighing his options," the source said. "In certain situations it may not make much sense to continue to fight."

Previously, Rodriguez and his attorneys had vowed to fight any suspension -- "I shouldn't even serve one inning," he said in November after storming out of the hearing room upon learning that MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not have to testify -- but clearly that position has softened in the nearly six weeks since the hearing recessed.

According to the source, Rodriguez has been soliciting opinions from his lawyers and advisers on what course to pursue once Horowitz announces his decision and has given indications he is receptive to accepting a reduced punishment rather than tie up more time and money in court.

"It's not just a matter of money," the source said. "It's also about the mental anguish of going through this and not knowing if or when you're going to play again. Alex might decide to take his medicine and move on."

A source close to the situation told ESPN's Karl Ravech on Thursday night that it is "too late" for Rodriguez to negotiate any reduced suspension.

Rodriguez's spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, responded: "We have not asked to negotiate, have not thought about negotiating and the facts, in any of these stories that state this, are inaccurate "

Representatives for Major League Baseball and the players' association declined to provide information as to when Horowitz might announce his decision, and sources in Rodriguez's camp said they had not been put on alert that a verdict was forthcoming.

But now that the annual Hall of Fame announcement has passed and the newly elected players -- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas -- have held New York news conferences, it is expected that Horowitz will announce his decision shortly, perhaps as soon as Friday.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 29-year-old hit .278 with three doubles and a home run in five games for the Royals last year and made $600,000. He batted .233 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs in 78 games for Triple-A Omaha.

Kansas City claimed Hayes off waivers from the Miami Marlins in November 2012.

His agreement was announced Friday. He can make an additional $20,000 in performance bonuses.

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Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will miss the start of the season after having surgery Friday on his left knee.

The Rangers say Holland injured his knee in a fall on the stairs in his home earlier this week.

General manager Jon Daniels says Holland has cartilage damage. Daniels says it's too early to have an exact timetable for Holland's return, but the Rangers expect the lefty to miss some time during the regular season and possibly not pitch until midseason.

Holland was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-high 33 starts last season. He pitched a career-high 213 innings.

In statement released by the team, Holland says he's devastated by the injury caused by what he called a ''freak accident.''

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NEW YORK (AP) San Francisco Giants infielder Marco Guzman has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season following a positive test under the minor league drug program.

Guzman tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, the commissioner's office said Friday.

The 19-year-old hit .254 with nine doubles, one homer and 10 RBIs in 46 games last year for the Dominican Summer League Giants.

There have been five suspensions this year under the minor league program. There were 60 last year along with 16 under the major league program.

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Tony La Russa, who'll go into the Hall of Fame this summer on the strength of his managerial career, has emerged as a candidate to replace Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

Armstrong announced late last year that he'd be stepping down as president of the team effective Jan. 31.

As for La Russa, he spent parts of 33 seasons as manger of the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. He's presently third on the all-time wins list. When contacted by Nightengale, La Russa declined to address the Mariners' position specifically, but did say this:

"I'm interested in getting to the competition upstairs. I've missed the competition since I left the field. I talked to the commissioner [Bud Selig] about it. It's not a thing where you miss the dugout, but I miss the winning and losing."
As Nightengale notes, the Mariners are also considering internal candidates for the position, so this is far from a done deal.

Last October, La Russa turned 69 years of age.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- For Alex Rodriguez, the decision of whether to accept a suspension or fight on comes down to dollars and sense.

As the day for arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to rule on Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game ban draws near -- some think it could come as soon as Friday -- the beleaguered slugger has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced ban without attempting to get an injunction delaying his punishment, according to a source in Rodriguez's camp.

According to the source, a suspension longer than 100 games will likely lead Rodriguez and his attorneys to pursue a temporary restraining order against Horowitz's ruling in federal court.

If he is given a shorter suspension, however, "then Alex will have some things to think about," the source told ESPNNewYork.com.

According to the source, who has been privy to some internal discussions in the Rodriguez camp, the player is weighing the financial implications of continuing to fight this battle versus accepting a suspension that will allow him to take the field sometime in the second half of the coming season.

Taking his battle into the courtroom will cost Rodriguez "at least $10 million, with no guarantee of winning," said the source, while a 100-game ban would cost him $15,425,000 of his scheduled $25 million salary for 2014.

"All of this has been presented to Alex, and he is weighing his options," the source said. "In certain situations it may not make much sense to continue to fight."

Previously, Rodriguez and his attorneys had vowed to fight any suspension -- "I shouldn't even serve one inning," he said in November after storming out of the hearing room upon learning that MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not have to testify -- but clearly that position has softened in the nearly six weeks since the hearing recessed.

According to the source, Rodriguez has been soliciting opinions from his lawyers and advisers on what course to pursue once Horowitz announces his decision and has given indications he is receptive to accepting a reduced punishment rather than tie up more time and money in court.

"It's not just a matter of money," the source said. "It's also about the mental anguish of going through this and not knowing if or when you're going to play again. Alex might decide to take his medicine and move on."

A source close to the situation told ESPN's Karl Ravech on Thursday night that it is "too late" for Rodriguez to negotiate any reduced suspension.

Rodriguez's spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, responded: "We have not asked to negotiate, have not thought about negotiating and the facts, in any of these stories that state this, are inaccurate "

Representatives for Major League Baseball and the players' association declined to provide information as to when Horowitz might announce his decision, and sources in Rodriguez's camp said they had not been put on alert that a verdict was forthcoming.

But now that the annual Hall of Fame announcement has passed and the newly elected players -- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas -- have held New York news conferences, it is expected that Horowitz will announce his decision shortly, perhaps as soon as Friday.


 

 

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended 162 games, according to the New York Yankees slugger's spokesman.

Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

But Rodriguez appealed the 211-game ban, forcing a lengthy arbitration process between Major League Baseball and the three-time American League MVP.

Rodriguez repeatedly has claimed that he has never used performance-enhancing substances while with the Yankees.

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The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year deal with ace Stephen Strasburg on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The right-hander will earn $3.975 million, plus performance bonuses, according to multiple reports.

Strasburg, 25, was 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts last year for the Nationals in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He struck out 191 in a career-high 183 innings.

He underwent surgery in October to remove bone chips in his elbow, and the team expects him to be ready for spring training.

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DENVER -- Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez is recovering from an emergency appendectomy after intense stomach pain sent him to a Denver hospital Friday night.The news was first reported on Gonzalez's Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies.

The team tweeted on Saturday that Gonzalez was released from the hospital and will be "withheld from physical activity until he has a check up with doctors in approximately 2 weeks."

Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona.

Gonzalez won a Gold Glove last season. However, the Rockies are moving him from left field to center field at cavernous Coors Field in 2014 after trading Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros last month.

Gonzalez hit 26 homers with 70 RBIs in 110 games last season, but he was limited after the All-Star break by a nagging finger injury.

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NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees got $22 million in extra spending money Saturday.
Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension gives New York some space under the $189 million tax threshold just as coveted free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is negotiating with major league teams.
But arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's decision Saturday leaves many questions:
-Who will play third base for the Yankees?
-Will Rodriguez be with the team at spring training?
-Exactly how much space has been created in their luxury tax payroll?
Among the internal options at third base, Kelly Johnson has played 16 major league games at third - all with Tampa Bay last year, and Brendan Ryan has played 29 games at third but none since 2008. While Eduardo Nunez has appeared in 78 games at third, he seems more comfortable as a shortstop.
Mark Reynolds became a free agent but could be re-signed, and Michael Young also is on the market. New York might ask free-agent Stephen Drew whether he'd be interested in moving to third.
''A number of teams have spoken to Stephen about playing positions other than shortstop,'' said Drew's agent, Scott Boras.
Rodriguez has a record $275 million, 10-year contract that calls for him to make $25 million this year, $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons. The ruling relieves the Yankees of most of his 2014 salary.
''The New York Yankees respect Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the arbitration process, as well as the decision released today by the arbitration panel,'' was all the team said in its only comment.
Before the decision, New York's luxury tax payroll stood at $175.7 million for 13 signed players. Add in Brian Roberts' pending $2 million deal and about $11.5 million for benefits, and the total was $189.2 million. That figure also doesn't include five players eligible for salary arbitration: outfielder Brett Gardner, pitchers Ivan Nova, David Robertson and Shawn Kelley and catcher Francisco Cervelli - who is returning from a 50-game drug suspension. And then there are the rest of the players who fill out the 40-man roster.
Horowitz ruled Rodriguez is entitled to 21-183rds of this year's salary, or about 11.5 percent, a person familiar with the decision said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the ruling was not made public. That's because the drug agreement sets the number of days of lost salary based on games suspended over the 183-day season regardless of the total of days a player is banned.
Rodriguez will receive $2,868,852, and the $22,131,148 in lost salary lowers Rodriguez's contract total to approximately $252.87 million. The suspension does not impact the final $3 million payment of Rodriguez's $10 million signing bonus, which is due Wednesday.
He has counted for $27.5 million on the Yankees' luxury tax payroll in each of the last six seasons, and the Yankees could argue they should be credited for the difference between that figure and the new $25.3 million average, either as refunds for tax payments in the last six years or as an additional amount to be spent without incurring tax in the future seasons. The decision would be up to MLB and the players' union.
Also unclear is whether Rodriguez will be at the Yankees' spring training camp, which starts in mid-February at Tampa, Fla. The drug agreement specifies spring training games are not included in any suspensions, and players getting ready to serve suspensions have appeared in exhibition games - such as Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz and Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, both last year. But MLB and the Yankees could attempt to keep away Rodriguez, arguing he has no season to prepare for.
A-Rod has spent parts of the last six years on the disabled list due to a string of injuries, and he made his 2013 debut on Aug. 5 - hours after his suspension was announced. He hit just .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 156 at-bats and will be 39 when he is eligible to return.
Whether Rodriguez ever plays for the Yankees again is a matter to be decided later. In addition to his remaining pay, he can earn $6 million for each of five milestone accomplishments. They were contemplated to be tying the home run marks of Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Bonds (762), and breaking Bonds' major league record. Rodriguez has 654 homers.
Given his pride and the monetary incentive, it's hard to envision him leaving the baseball without trying to add to his on-field accomplishments.

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The Chicago Cubs listened to their fans and delivered something the franchise has lacked for most of its 138-year history. No, not a World Series championship, their previous being in 1908.

On Monday, the Cubs announced the first official mascot in their modern history -- Clark, a "young, friendly Cub" who wears a baseball cap backward and will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field.

"The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team's official mascot," Cubs senior director of marketing Alison Miller said in a statement. "Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can't wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He'll be a welcoming presence for families at Wrigley Field and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community."

As they prepared for a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the Cubs partnered with Northwestern University to conduct a survey and found that there was a desire for the 100-year-old park to be more "family-friendly."

Clark, named after the Clark and Addison intersection where Wrigley is located, will be introduced during a charity appearance Monday night.

The Cubs say Clark's great-grandfather Joa was the franchise's original live Bears mascot in 1916.

The Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are now the only teams in Major League Baseball without official mascots.




Courtesy of Chicago CubsClark is the first official Cubs mascot in their modern history.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cedeno, whose deal was announced Monday, is joining his seventh team in 10 years. He is a .246 hitter with 40 homers and 239 RBIs in 868 games.

The 30-year-old has played for the Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Pittsburgh, New York Mets, Houston and San Diego. He's played shortstop most of his career and has started games at second base, third base and four in the outfield.

Freddy Galvis is the primary backup to Jimmy Rollins, though Galvis could end up at Triple-A to play regularly.

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