Athlete contracts

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper watches his single off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
March 20, 2019 - 11:45 pm
Bryce Harper is on the board at spring training. The slugger lined a 97 mph fastball to center field in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit for his first hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after an 0-for-9 start. Harper jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
March 20, 2019 - 1:02 am
Mike Trout is about to cash in. Big time. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal was...
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Houston Astros' Alex Bregman hits a home run in the first inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in West Palm Beach Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 19, 2019 - 9:06 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The agreement includes this season, buys out three years of...
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FIEL - In this April 3, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout celebrates after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Kendall Graveman in the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
March 19, 2019 - 12:47 pm
Mike Trout is on the verge of becoming baseball's first half-billion dollar man. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J. Fitzpatrick, who played last season for the Buccaneers, signed an $11 million, two-year contract Monday, March 18, 2019, with the Miami Dolphins. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
March 19, 2019 - 12:39 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Experience tells Ryan Fitzpatrick that his job with the Miami Dolphins might not last long. After all, they are his eighth team. And for now, at least, he is glad to be their starting quarterback. "I'm going to come in from day one and act like and be the starting quarterback for this...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2018, file photoColorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez walks in the dugout after scoring against the New York Mets during the second inning of a baseball game in Denver. A person familiar with the agreement says Gonzalez intends to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Gonzalez, who played the past 10 seasons with Colorado, will sign once he completes a physical and join the Indians at spring training, said the person who spoke Saturday, March 16, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
March 19, 2019 - 12:36 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent Carlos Gonzalez has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, who just might have an outfield spot for the three-time All-Star. Gonzalez could help the Indians settle their outfield situation, which became muddled following the club's decision not...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict walks the field during practice before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Cincinnati. The Bengals terminated the contract of Burfict on Monday, March 18, 2019, releasing him to free agency. (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)
March 18, 2019 - 2:34 pm
The Bengals stuck with linebacker Vontaze Burfict through all his troubles, including a hit to Antonio Brown's head that led to a playoff loss. They finally released him on Monday after a season of below-average performance. During seven seasons with Cincinnati, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by...
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) rushes for a touchdown against the New York Giants during an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Fitzpatrick has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins, who were in the market for a replacement to Ryan Tannehill. Fitzpatrick, 36, has a 50-75-1 record as a starter for seven NFL teams. He started seven games for Tampa Bay last year and had a passer rating of 100.4, which ranked ninth in the league. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
March 17, 2019 - 3:56 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick will become the Miami Dolphins' caretaker quarterback. The well-traveled veteran agreed to terms Sunday on an $11 million, two-year contract as a replacement to Ryan Tannehill and a placeholder until the Dolphins can draft their franchise quarterback. That could happen...
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General Secretary of the Argentina's Footballers' Union (FAA) Sergio Marchi holds up the contract to implement a plan to professionalize women's soccer during a preseason conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, March 16, 2019. Almost 90 years after men's soccer turned professional in Argentina, the women's game is still being played by amateur athletes who get little to no money for their work on the field. (AP Photo/Daniel Jayo)
March 16, 2019 - 2:44 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's soccer association announced Saturday that the national women's league will be granted professional status, marking a milestone in a country that is home to Lionel Messi and some of the world's greatest players but still views soccer as largely a men's...
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FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Pittsburgh. A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations says the New York Jets and Bell have agreed to a deal early Wednesday morning, Mach 13, 2019, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal gives new coach Adam Gase and second-year quarterback Sam Darnold a big-time playmaker, arguably the best player at his position before Bell opted to sit out all of last season rather than sign a franchise tender with Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
March 14, 2019 - 10:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Le'Veon Bell is leaving all the number crunching to the critics. The star running back slept soundly after finally making his long-awaited decision on where to restart his NFL career, agreeing to a four-year, $52.5 million deal from the New York Jets early Wednesday morning and...
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