Athlete contracts

New York Yankees players take part in batting practice during a workout Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in New York. The Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles on opening day Thursday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 27, 2019 - 2:05 pm
Four-man outfields. High-tech anti-spying rules. A starting pitcher facing just one batter in a playoff game. But beyond all the shifts, analytics and social media outreach, here's the best way to tell Major League Baseball has zoomed into a new era: There's not a single active player left from the...
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Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez (11) is helped to his feet after an injury during the third inning of the team's spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. From left are manager Terry Francona, Ramirez, athletic trainer Jeff Desjardins, Carlos Santana (41) and third base coach Mike Sarbaugh (16). (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
March 27, 2019 - 2:07 am
Jose Ramirez is expected to be in the Cleveland Indians' opening day lineup Thursday, four days after fouling a pitch off the area below his left knee. Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Ramirez should be ready to go for the opener at Minnesota. The All-Star third baseman worked out Monday...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2016, file photo, World Team's Eloy Jimenez hits against the U.S. Team during the seventh inning of the All-Star Futures baseball game in San Diego. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Wednesday, March 20, 2019, that the Chicago White Sox are nearing a $43 million, six-year contract with highly regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)
March 26, 2019 - 8:37 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The White Sox confirmed Tuesday what a $43 million contract seemed to signal: Eloy Jimenez will begin the season in the major leagues. Chicago's prize prospect will make his big league debut on opening day at Kansas City on Thursday. Signed as a teenager by the crosstown Cubs out of...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 26, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Chris Sale will have to wait until middle age to collect all his money from the Boston Red Sox. His $160 million, six-year contract includes $50 million in deferred money that is not due to be paid until 15 years after it is earned, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. A left-...
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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
March 26, 2019 - 12:28 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Hendricks' focus is on the season, among the reasons the Cubs didn't hesitate to give the right-handed pitcher a new deal. Hendricks and the Cubs agreed Tuesday to a contract that adds $55.5 million from 2020 to 2023, guaranteeing he will receive $62,905,000 over the next...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, in Jupiter, Fla. deGrom is expected to start Opening Day against the Washington Nationals. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP, File)
March 26, 2019 - 7:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a $137.5 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal guarantees an additional $120.5 million over four seasons. The person spoke on condition of...
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Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout gestures during a news conference to talk about Trout's 12-year, $426.5 million contract, prior to the team's exhibition baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 24, 2019 - 6:26 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout smiled into the postcard-perfect Orange County sunlight and said exactly what every Los Angeles Angels fan has spent years hoping to hear. "I know there was a lot of talk about going back East, but I enjoy every minute being here," Trout said Sunday. "This is my...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 23, 2019 - 1:33 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — After winning a World Series with the Red Sox, Chris Sale preferred to stay in Boston rather than find out what he would be worth as a free agent after this season. "When half the league isn't trying to win anything, and we have a team that's trying to win every year? That...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt, center, hits a double in the third inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Monday, March 11, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 23, 2019 - 10:57 am
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt wanted to stay in St. Louis, just like Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds and Matt Holliday. Acquired in December from Arizona, the six-time All-Star first baseman gave up a chance to become a free agent after this season when he finalized a new contract with the...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt, center, hits a double in the third inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Monday, March 11, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 22, 2019 - 9:44 am
The St. Louis Cardinals knew that Paul Goldschmidt had one year left on his contract when they acquired the slugging first baseman in an offseason trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They also made no secret of their desire to sign him to a long-term deal. Now, the Cardinals and the 31-year-old...
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