Saturday, March 8, 2014
The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS — The champion Boston Red Sox are saying thank you to fans – of their World Series opponents.
The Red Sox took out a full-page ad in Tuesday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Under a large photo of two boys, one in Cardinals clothing, the other in a Red Sox jersey and cap, the heading reads, “From one great baseball town to another.”
The ad lauds the “warm Midwestern welcome” extended to the Red Sox and Boston fans. It reads, “Your region, its people, and the entire Cardinals organization represent everything that’s great about baseball.”
The ad is signed by Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and CEO Larry Lucchino.
The Red Sox beat St. Louis in six games to win their third World Series in 10 years.
YANKEES: Derek Jeter’s new contract has increased the Yankees’ luxury tax payroll to $97.71 million for seven signed players next year. That leaves New York with about $80 million to spend on the rest of its roster if the team wants to get under the 2014 tax threshold.
Jeter and New York agreed Friday to a $12 million, one-year contract. Major League Baseball determined its value for purposes of the luxury tax is $12.81 million.
Jeter, injured for most of this year, was playing under a three-year contract with a player option for 2014 that wound up being worth $9.5 million and was replaced by the new salary.
Baseball’s luxury tax uses the average annual values of contracts as defined by the sport’s collective bargaining agreement. Determining Jeter’s payroll figure for the tax is complicated by the option and the new salary, and New York may contest his 2014 evaluation.
The Yankees want to re-sign free agents Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda, and need to fill roster holes after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years.
RANGERS: The team agreed to a $3.05 million, one-year contract with Geovany Soto, with the expectation for him to be the regular catcher next season.
Soto was mainly a backup to A.J. Pierzynski this year, though he became the primary catcher for Rangers ace Yu Darvish the second half of the season.
ANGELS: Gary DiSarcina, who managed Pawtucket, the top Red Sox farm team, to the International League finals, was named third-base coach.
DiSarcina replaced Dino Ebel, promoted to bench coach.
MARINERS: Lloyd McClendon was hired as manager, taking over a rebuilding job after Eric Wedge walked away.
McClendon is the third manager hired by General Manager Jack Zduriencik.
Wedge quit at the end of the Mariners’ fourth straight losing season, citing differences with the front office on how to move forward with improving the team. Wedge’s contract expired after the season.
McClendon, 54, is the 16th full-time manager in club history. He takes over a club that went 71-91 last year.
He will be formally introduced by the team Thursday.
• Investigators determined that a fire that damaged the Bellevue, Wash., home of pitcher Felix Hernandez started in the laundry room.
ROCKIES: The co-owner, Charlie Monfort, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding in Windsor, Colo., about 60 miles north of Denver.
Monfort was released from the Weld County jail in Greeley, Colo., on a personal recognizance bond.