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Free agents 2014: Derek Jeter, Yankees agree on contract

  • Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract.The deal Friday replaces a $9.5 million player option for the 39-year-old shortstop. Jeter was limited to 17 games this year after breaking his ankle in the 2012 AL championship series opener against Detroit. Jeter hit .190 (12-for-63) with one homer and seven RBIs in 2013, playing 13 games at shortstop and four at designated hitter. The Yankees' captain was on the disabled list 夜网论坛four times. — The Associated PressWhat does it mean?Jeter has every intention to return to full strength with the Yankees next season. And that's good enough for them to cut him a deal above his required salary. MoreSN's Top 25 free agentsFull list of players on the marketA-Rod attacks Trade rumors: They're heating upRed Sox win World SeriesImages: Sox celebrate | Fans go crazyFive offseason dates to watchSorry season for YankeesBut at 39, is Jeter worth more than most free-agent shortstops entering the 2014 market?Only time will tell. For now, an aging star cashes in despite playing 17 games last season, one that began and ended with injuries with few healthy days in between.So why do it? Call it a decision to bolster confidence in a franchise that did something rare in 2013 — miss the postseason.Team officials, the New York Times noted, are sure Jeter will fulfill his offseason rehab assignment and be ready to resume his roles in the infield, at the plate and as captain in the clubhouse. If that makes se[......]

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    Derek Holland injury update: Rangers pitcher blames dog for injury

  • Texas Rangers' pitcher Derek Holland suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee last week, an injury that may cost him half of the 2014 season.How did he tear his meniscus? Many speculated that the flame throwing ace suffered the injury playing hockey, one of his favorite offseason activities. but according to Holland, the injury was caused by Wrigley, his loveable and rambunctious dog. From ESPN Dallas: “He was running up the stairs and clipped me,” Holland said Saturday afternoon. “I hit my knee on the step, and if夜网论坛 it wasn’t for me grabbing the rail, I might have fallen all the way down the stairs and cracked my head open.”Holland was adamant that playing hockey, something he does at times during the offseason, had nothing to do with the injury. He said he played on Monday night, but was fine Tuesday before the accident happened. “I’m getting tired of the assumption that I hurt myself playing hockey,” Holland said. “I played the full game and was fine.”Poor Wrigley. He's going to be in the doghouse for a long time.[......]

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