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Nonprofit to offer Texas offensive linemen $50,000 annually

Dec. 06, 2021 16:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every Texas Longhorns offensive lineman on scholarship will get $50,000 annually for use of their name, image and likeness to support charitable causes, a new nonprofit entity announced Monday. Horns with Heart said “The Pancake Factory” would start in...

Game-wrecking T.J. Watt worth every dollar for Steelers

Dec. 06, 2021 15:03 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The metrics are easy. When T.J. Watt plays, the Pittsburgh Steelers are playoff contenders. When he doesn't, they're in trouble. A lot of trouble. Three months after signing one of the richest contracts given to a defender in NFL history, the...

Suarez guaranteed $11M over 2 years in deal with Padres

Dec. 06, 2021 13:39 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Robert Suarez is guaranteed $11 million over two seasons in his contract with the San Diego Padres. Suarez gets a $1 million signing bonus payable by Jan. 15 as part of the deal announced Wednesday just before the start of Major League Baseball's...

Giveback demands in MLB bargaining lead to work stoppages

Dec. 03, 2021 17:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When baseball players agreed a decade ago to restraints on signing bonuses for draft picks, then-union head Michael Weiner said: “If it doesn’t work, we can always try something else.” Getting a side to give back something it gained previously in...

Reliever Daniel Hudson returns to Dodgers on 1-year deal

Dec. 02, 2021 12:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson has returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a $7 million, one-year contract. The Dodgers announced the deal Tuesday night for Hudson, who pitched in 40 games for Los Angeles in 2018. He gets a $6...

Cubs, Gomes finalize $13 million, two-year contract

Dec. 02, 2021 12:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and catcher Yan Gomes finalized a $13 million, two-year contract on Wednesday that includes a club option for 2024. The Cubs also have Willson Contreras behind the plate, but he is eligible for free agency after next season and the team...

D-backs add 4-time All-Star reliever Melancon on 2-year deal

Dec. 02, 2021 12:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks made a move to solidify the back end of their bullpen on Wednesday, adding four-time All-Star Mark Melancon on a $14 million, two-year deal. Now the D-backs have to get good enough to provide Melancon some games to actually save....

To the Max: Scherzer, Mets finalize $130M, 3-year deal

Dec. 02, 2021 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets owner Steve Cohen promised a max effort bringing a World Series back to New York. Enter Max Scherzer, the newest ace in Queens. The Mets and the three-time Cy Young Award winner finalized a $130 million, three-year deal...

Rays, pitcher Kluber finalize $8 million, 1-year contract

Dec. 02, 2021 12:05 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and the Tampa Bay Rays finalized an $8 million, one-year free-agent contract on Wednesday. The deal includes an additional $5 million in performance bonuses based on starts: $500,000 each for 10 and...

Mariners moved quickly to wrap up Cy Young winner Robbie Ray

Dec. 02, 2021 12:03 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners were still in the middle of finishing their first big deal of the offseason when they started making an aggressive move to land a new ace for their pitching rotation, a signing that would grab even more attention. Once Robbie Ray...