MLB notebook: Twins catcher Suzuki signs $12M extension
The Twins signed All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.
The Twins got the deal done Thursday, keeping a respected veteran around the clubhouse on a team that continues to struggle in the standings. Fox Sports first reported the agreement that includes a vesting option for 2017.
Suzuki has been one of the few bright spots for the Twins this season. He signed a one-year deal in the offseason and has delivered one of his finest seasons. He will turn 31 in October, but made his first All-Star team and is hitting .304 with two home runs and 41 RBIs.
He also has been well-received by the Twins' pitching staff, delivering some guidance and leadership after Joe Mauer moved from catcher to first base.
The Twins also recalled first baseman Kennys Vargas from Double-A New Britain to take the roster spot of outfielder Sam Fuld, who was traded to Oakland.
Rangers GM: Fielder won't be rushed
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Texas “probably could have pushed” the return of slugger Prince Fielder to their lineup later this season if they were in a pennant race.
Daniels said he believes that makes no sense now for the Rangers, who have the worst record in the major leagues.
Fielder had cervical fusion of two disks in his neck May 27. He is expected to be healthy for spring training.
Daniels addressed Fielder and other injured players after the non-waiver trading deadline passed without Texas making any deals.
The Rangers also don't expect right-handers Tanner Scheppers or Alexi Ogando to pitch again this season while dealing with elbow issues.
Diamondbacks add infielder, outfielder
The Diamondbacks selected infielder Andy Marte and recalled outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Reno.
The 30-year-old Marte hit .330 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs in 102 games for Reno.
The 27-year-old Kieschnick hit .207 with a double, home run and two RBIs in 19 games in two stints for Arizona this season. In 74 games for Reno, he hit .268 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs.
Former OF convicted of sexual abuse
A Nassau County, N.Y., jury convicted former major league outfielder Rosendo “Rusty” Torres of sexually abusing a girl at his baseball clinic in Plainview several years ago, Newsday reported.
The jury of nine women and three men acquitted Torres, 65, of Massapequa of charges that he sexually molested another girl who attended the clinic, which he ran from 2008 to 2012 while he was employed by Town of Oyster Bay. He was fired after his arrest.
Torres remains free on $50,000 bond. He faces up to seven years in prison on each of five counts of sexual abuse in the first degree when he is sentenced Oct. 7.
Torres broke in with the Yankees in 1971 and played nine years in the majors.
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