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Pitcher Meyer gets $6.7 million signing bonus from Marlins

Jul. 2, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league contract to join the Miami Marlins, and he'll take part in training camp starting Friday. The deal was for less than his slot value of $7,221,200 as the No. 3 overall pick in last month's amateur draft....

Giants, top pick C Bailey agree to $3.8M signing bonus

Jul. 1, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Catcher Patrick Bailey, the 13th overall pick in last month's amateur draft, has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in...

University of Mississippi Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Keith Carter, left, talks with Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, right, before they testify at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The hearing is looking at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors' recent report on student-athlete compensation and the modernization of rules related to name, image, and likeness (NIL) commercialization. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

SEC's Sankey: Federal NIL law needed for fair competition

Jul. 1, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday there needs to be a uniform federal law to regulate the compensation of college athletes instead of a series of state versions with differing requirements. Sankey was part of a panel discussing the potential impact of...

FILE- In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Houston Astros pitcher Jared Hughes throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Jupiter, Fla. The sinkerballing reliever and the Mets agreed Tuesday, June 30, 2020, to a $700,000, one-year contract, a deal that amounts to $259,259 in prorated pay over the 60-game season. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Sinkerballer Jared Hughes agrees to 1-year deal with Mets

Jun. 30, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sinkerballing reliever Jared Hughes and the New York Mets agreed Tuesday to a $700,000, one-year contract, a deal that amounts to $259,259 in prorated pay over the 60-game season. Hughes can earn an additional $300,000 for days on the active roster: $50,000 each for 10 and 30, and $100,000...

In this Feb. 18, 2020 photo Arizona State infielder Spencer Torkelson makes a play during an NCAA college baseball game in Phoenix, Ariz. The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms Tuesday, June 30, 2020 with No. 1 overall draft pick Spencer Torkelson, and the team said he's joining the player pool for this abbreviated season. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Tigers give $8.4M deal to Torkelson, who joins player pool

Jun. 30, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — No. 1 overall draft pick Spencer Torkelson and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a minor league contract on Tuesday, and the team said the infielder will join its player pool for this abbreviated season. Torkelson's deal includes an $8,416,300 is a signing bonus, which is $1,000 above slot value,...

Orioles sign MLB second overall pick, Arkansas OF Kjerstad

Jun. 30, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Outfielder Heston Kjerstad agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles that includes a $5.2 million signing bonus, well below the slot value of $7,789,900 assigned to the No. 2 overall pick. “Just the beginning of a new journey! Excited to be an Oriole!" Kjerstad...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Canada's Victoria Hayward watches her inside-the-park grand slam against Guatemala during the first inning of a game in the Softball Americas Olympic qualifier tournament in Surrey, British Columbia. Hayward would have been in Japan right about now preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the Summer Games back a year. But she will not have to wait too much longer to get back on the field. She is one of the 56 elite players signed to suit up when Athletes Unlimited launches the first of its professional women's sports leagues with a six-week season near Chicago in late August and an innovative model made for the moment. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

New league attracts softball's best, gives power to players

Jun. 30, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Victoria Hayward would have been in Japan right about now, preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the Summer Games back a year. But she won't have to wait too much longer to get back on the field. Hayward is one of the 56 elite...

FILE - In this July 20, 2018, file photo, New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes stretches before a baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York. When baseball comes back next month, Cespedes might finally be ready to return, too. Sidelined for nearly two years by injuries and then the coronavirus pandemic, the Mets slugger could be healthy enough at last to play on opening day in late July — especially with the designated hitter available in the National League this season. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday, June 29, 2020, the team is optimistic about Céspedes. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Mets optimistic about Céspedes when baseball returns

Jun. 29, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When baseball comes back next month, Yoenis Céspedes might finally be ready to return, too. Sidelined for nearly two years by injuries and then the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Mets slugger could be healthy enough at last to play on opening day in late July — especially...

A's top draft pick Tyler Soderstrom gets $3.3M signing bonus

Jun. 29, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Left-handed hitting catcher Tyler Soderstrom, selected 26th by the Oakland Athletics in the amateur draft, has agreed to a minor league contract with a $3.3 million signing bonus. Sodorstrom's deal was above the slot value of $2,653,400. Oakland also announced Monday that it...

American de la Fuente, Barcelona reach 2-year extension

Jun. 29, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

American winger Konrad de la Fuente and Barcelona have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season. Barcelona said Monday the deal with de la Fuente includes a pair of club options and a buyout clause of 50 million euros ($44.5 million). The buyout clause would double if de la Fuente is...