AP source: Yanks thinking of not making $6M payment to A-Rod (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - 3 hours 13 min ago

The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list. Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a separate marketing agreement that called for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees. At the time of the marketing agreement, those accomplishments were contemplated to be tying the home run totals of Mays, Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762), and breaking Bonds' major league record. New York's thought process on the $6 million payment, first reported by the Daily News, was described to The Associated Press on Monday by a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.

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Manfred knows he'll get hit as commish - his name is on ball (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:47

Rob Manfred knows he'll get pounded now that he's baseball commissioner - his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball. We don't have to deal with that issue.'' Manfred's desk on the 31st floor of baseball's Park Avenue offices was tidy on Monday morning, the first business day after he succeeded Bud Selig and started a five-year term as commissioner. Having worked for MLB since 1998 as an executive vice president and then as chief operating officer, he didn't have to move into a new office.

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Beeston will remain Blue Jays president through 2015 season (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:27
The Blue Jays say Paul Beeston will remain as team president through the end of this season. Rogers Communications, which owns the team, announced Monday that Beeston signed a contract extension with the club and plans to retire at the end of the season. Toronto had made overtures to Baltimore's Dan Duquette and Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox. Toronto chairman Edward Rogers said the team had been in discussions about Beeston's future since his contract ended.
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Devin Mesoraco gets $28 million, 4-year deal from Reds (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:16

All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract on Monday, leaving the Cincinnati Reds with two players in salary arbitration. The Reds were trying to get deals with two other All-Stars, third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman.

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Hurdle back in action after 2nd hip surgery

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:09
Nineteen days after having his left hip replaced, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who also had his right hip replaced Oct. 6,was back in the Bucs' Spring Training camp Monday for the opening day of the Pirates' Fantasy Camp.
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Chavez, Gutierrez agree to minor league deals with Mariners (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:03
Outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez have agreed to minor league contracts with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training. Chavez hit .276 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season. Once a Gold Glove center fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was limited to 41 games in 2013, when he was slowed by hamstring injuries. Gutierrez appeared in only 173 of 486 games from 2011-13 for Seattle, making six trips to the disabled list for various injuries and illnesses.
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Blue Jays president Beeston signs extension, to retire after season

Major League Baseball - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:01
Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston has signed a one-year extension with the club and will retire after the 2015 season, Rogers Communications announced on Monday.
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Visitation, memorial service set for Hall of Famer Banks (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Tue, 2015-01-27 00:46

The Chicago Cubs say a public visitation and memorial service for Hall of Fame slugger Ernie Banks will be held Friday and Saturday in the city. The visitation is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, with the memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church. Limited public seating will be available.

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Astros' roster upgrades have Hinch raring to go

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:46
The roster has been retooled and improved since A.J. Hinch took over as manager of the Astros last fall. The team has beefed up the offense, strengthened the bullpen and created competition that will take center stage at Spring Training next month in Kissimmee, Fla.
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Visitation, memorial service for Banks to be held in Chicago

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:25
Public visitation and memorial services for Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, will be held Friday and Saturday at Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Cubs announced.
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Banks, Wrigley formed relationship to remember

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 22:55
At a time when the reserve clause allowed baseball owners to hold onto players and limit salaries, Ernie Banks landed in the lap of Cubs' owner Philip Knight Wrigley, and the two created a lasting relationship that benefited both men.
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Apprehensive at first, Morneau finds home with Rockies

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 22:29
First baseman Justin Morneau wasn't sure how he'd fit with the Rockies when he signed with them before last season. He was a Twins mainstay from his Major League debut in 2003 until August 2013, when he was dealt to the Pirates -- where he helped during a playoff run but admitted he felt like an outsider. Morneau did more than fit with the Rockies.
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Johan Santana to miss Venezuelan Winter League finals (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Mon, 2015-01-26 22:25
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana won't pitch during the rest of the Venezuelan Winter League season because of stiffness in his pitching shoulder.
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Kemp talks to Larry King about leaving LA, joining SD

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 22:04
New Padres outfielder Matt Kemp touched on several topics recently during a interview for "Larry King Now," including his departure from the only organization he's ever known and his new start in San Diego.
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Reds lock up Mesoraco with four-year pact

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 21:40
The Reds and All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco avoided arbitration on Monday by agreeing to a four-year, $28 million contract.
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Manfred ready for Majors from Day 1

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 21:34
Rob Manfred's first day in the office as baseball's 10th Commissioner was, well, normal. Perhaps that's because this first day was four months in the making. In that time, Manfred came up with an agenda for his first 100 days.
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Beloved former Boston pitcher Monbouquette dies

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 21:18
Bill Monbouquette -- a Medford, Mass., native and Red Sox legend -- died on Sunday at age 78 after a long battle with leukemia.
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Valverde, top prospects among Padres' spring invites

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 21:13
The Padres have extended Major League Spring Training invitations to 18 players, several with big league experience and a handful of their top prospects.
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Winning isn't always main ticket to Hall of Fame

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 21:05
It's all about winning. Individual stats can impress, but championships are usually the defining ingredient of greatness. Former Cubs great and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks is a rare exception.
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A View From Studio 3: Hale ready to lead

Major League Baseball - Mon, 2015-01-26 20:44
A few months after taking over for Kirk Gibson, D-backs skipper Chip Hale is finally on the verge of his first Spring Training as a big league manager. There's excitement but also some nervous anticipation. Hale knows he'll make some mistakes along the way. Baseball is not a perfect sport.
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