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Rays sign starter Price to one-year, $14-M deal

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Now that Tampa Bay's David Price is slated to earn the biggest single-season salary in Rays history, the three-time All-Star hopes he remains part of the budget-minded franchise's plans for 2014.

The team announced Thursday that the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner agreed to a $14 million, one-year deal. However, the agreement doesn't eliminate the possibility of a trade.

"I still have the mindset moving forward that I want to be with the Rays," said Price, who at the end of last season seemed resigned to the fact that he'd probably be dealt during the off-season.

The 28-year-old has been the subject of trade speculation after going 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA last year while earning $10,112,500. He is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

 

Instant replay expanded

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Major League Baseball will greatly expand instant replay to review close calls starting this season.

Rays sign starter Price to one-year, $14-M deal

MLB announced Thursday that owners, players and umpires have approved the new system.

Each manager will be allowed to challenge at least one call per game. If he's right, he gets another challenge. After the seventh inning, a crew chief can request a review on his own if the manager has used his challenges.

The so-called "neighbourhood play" at second base on double plays cannot be challenged. Many had safety concerns for middle infielders being wiped out by hard-charging runners if the phantom force was subject to review.

"I tell you the fans will love it," baseball commisioner Bud Selig said after owners met and voted their unanimous approval. "It's another in a long list of changes that will make this sport better than it already is."

 

Braun lawsuit goes ahead

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee judge is allowing a lawsuit against Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun to go forward.

Braun is being sued by a former college classmate who says the slugger sought his help in fighting a failed drug test, balked on paying him and then disparaged him when asked why their friendship soured.

Braun and his agents had asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 17, 2014 C8

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