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Wire Reports
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
 

NEW YORK — Greg Maddux could break a 22-year-old record Wednesday, though he won't become the first unanimous selection in the history of the baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot.

When Tom Seaver received 425 of 430 votes in 1992, his 98.84 percentage topped the mark set by Ty Cobb in 1936. A dominant pitcher when offense ruled in the Steroids Era, Maddux has a chance to enter Cooperstown with a little extra bit of fame.

Maddux is among three high-profile players on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the first time, joined by former Atlanta Braves teammate Tom Glavine and Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, said Tuesday the only player he voted for was Jack Morris.

“To me, I didn't exclude Maddux. I excluded everybody from that era, everybody from the Steroid Era,” Gurnick said. “It wasn't about Greg Maddux. It was about the entire era. I just don't know who did and who didn't.”

Given that 569 ballots were submitted in 2013, Maddux likely could be omitted from six this year and still break Seaver's record.

Maddux ranks eighth on the all-time wins list (355) and won four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Gloves.

Dodgers extend Mattingly deal

The Dodgers reached an agreement on a contract extension with manager Don Mattingly, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.

Mattingly was under contract for the 2014 season. Exact terms of the extension were unknown, although sources told ESPN that it covers the next three seasons.

Royals add catcher Hernandez

Former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Royals. The 37-year-old is a career .263 hitter in 15 seasons in the major leagues.

Abreu comeback?

According to Fox Sports, free-agent outfielder Bobby Abreu has decided to attempt a comeback though he has no formal offers. Abreu, 39, did not play last season. He has been playing winter ball in his native Venezuela the last few weeks.

A's, reliever reach terms

Right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez reached agreement on a $775,000, one-year contract with the Athletics.

He went 2-4 with a career-low 3.92 ERA and one save in 35 appearances over two 2013 stints with the two-time defending AL West champions.

— Wire reports

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