MLB notebook: Source says Andrus getting $120M deal
By The Associated Press
Published: Monday, April 1, 2013, 8:36 p.m.
A person familiar with the negotiations said two-time All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus has reached an agreement on a $120 million, eight-year extension with the Rangers.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday night because the deal won't be finalized until after a physical. That likely won't happen until Thursday, the day before the team's home opener.
The 24-year-old Andrus, already in his fifth major league season, could earn more than $131 million over 10 seasons.
He is owed more than $11.2 million this season and next before the extension would take effect. The new deal includes a vesting option for 2023 and a chance for Andrus to opt out and become a free agent after the 2018 season when he will be 30.
Yankees have record payroll
The Yankees set a record for baseball's highest Opening Day payroll at $230.4 million, almost 10 times that of the Astros.
After all the talk of spending restraint during the offseason, the Yankees began the season well ahead of the Dodgers, according to a study of big league contracts by the Associated Press.
The Dodgers, at $214.8 million, became only the second franchise to break the $200 million barrier. The Yankees have topped it six years in a row.
Still no Wrigley deal
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he believes the “fog will lift” in the negotiations surrounding a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field as an April 1 deadline came and went.
The mayor offered little insight into talks between the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs and Wrigley, and city officials. The Ricketts family set Monday's deadline, but there was no word on an agreement by early afternoon.
Earlier this year, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said his family was willing to foot the bill for the five-year project but only if long-standing restrictions on night games and advertising were lifted.
Reds' Ludwick injured
Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick dislocated his right shoulder while sliding into base in the third inning of their season opener.
He'll have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.
Dominican has most foreign-born players in league
The commissioner's office said that 28.1 percent of Major League Baseball players on Opening Day rosters were born outside of the United States.
The Dominican Republic, winner of the recent World Baseball Classic, was the best represented country with 89 players.
Milwaukee had the most foreign-born players with 14, and Texas was next at 13.
Ticket prices increase
Major League Baseball's average ticket price rose 2.7 percent to $27.73 this year for non-premium seats.
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