FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway.
Omar Minaya is switching sides. The former New York Mets general manager left his job as senior vice president of the San Diego Padres on Thursday to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark. Born in the Dominican Republic, Minaya started in baseball management as a scout for the Texas Rangers, where he helped sign Sammy Sosa. He became the major leagues' first Hispanic general manager with the Montreal Expos from 2002 to 2004.
Ichiro Suzuki says a renewed sense of enthusiasm was behind his decision to sign a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins. ''When I met (Miami) team executives yesterday, I felt incredible enthusiasm,'' Suzuki said at a press conference on Thursday. ''So I wanted to respond to their enthusiasm and I believe that is something I have been looking for the last two years.'' Suzuki's deal includes $2.8 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $400,000 for 300 and the same amount for each additional 50 through 600. The 41-year-old Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner, is expected to be the team's fourth outfielder behind Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.
The White Sox were looking to add versatility to their lineup, so they decided to bring back infielder Gordon Beckham after trading him last season. Beckham agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with Chicago, which cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment on Wednesday. General manager Rick Hahn wanted to give manager Robin Ventura more options. Signing Gordon is another step in that direction.'' Beckham has spent almost all of his six big league seasons with the White Sox, who traded him to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 21.