March 29, 2014 |
Hanley Ramirez has entered his walk year. Ramirez and Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter each expressed interest in completing a contract extension eight months ago, but the two sides have not reached a deal, and Ramirez can file for free agency after the season. Ramirez could be the premier position player available in free agency, if he gets there, when contract values for star players are escalating rapidly. The other top position players eligible to hit the market appear to be fellow infielders Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.
March 8, 2014 |
Down, set… shop! NFL free agency opens this week, and with the salary cap set at $133 million per team, each club has $10 million more in buying power than it did last season. Although the signing period doesn't begin until Tuesday at 1 p.m. PDT, the league this off-season has made time for some window-shopping. In an attempt to cut down on tampering, the league has instituted a three-day negotiating period, which began Saturday morning, allowing teams to discuss contract numbers with agents.
March 6, 2014 |
Champ Bailey will eventually wind up in Canton. But he thought he would stay in Denver a little longer. According to multiple reports, the Denver Broncos intend to release Bailey, a future Hall of Fame cornerback who earned eight of his record 12 Pro Bowl invitations in the Mile High City. Bailey, who met with team brass Wednesday, told the Denver Post that he thought the team might approach him with a renegotiation of his $10-million salary but there was no such offer made. “There were no discussions about it,” he told the newspaper.
February 26, 2014 |
The Angels signed outfielder Mike Trout to a one-year, $1-million contract on Wednesday, avoiding the rancor of the renewal process and setting the stage for agreement on a long-term extension later this spring. By setting Trout's 2014 salary now, the Angels can start the long-term deal in 2015. That enables the Angels to avoid a luxury-tax assessment this season. Trout, 22, finished second in American League Most Valuable Player voting in each of his first two full seasons. He and the Angels are discussing an extension reported in the range of six years and $150 million.
February 11, 2014 |
The Cleveland Browns fired their coach after one season. Now they're sweeping out their front office. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that Chief Executive Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and General Manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team. “Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this year's draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35,” Haslam said at a news conference. Haslam also said assistant GM Ray Farmer, who was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins' GM this winter, has been promoted and will immediately take over the team's football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft.
January 17, 2014 |
AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and major league home run champion Chris Davis reached rich deals as players and teams swapped proposed figures in salary arbitration. Ninety-one players reached agreements Friday, leaving 39 headed toward hearings next month in St. Petersburg, Fla., from among the 146 who filed for arbitration earlier in the week. Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers reached a one-season deal for $15,525,000 that leaves him less than a year from free agency. Davis and the Baltimore Orioles agreed at $10.35 million.