MLB notes: Selig to be offered extension
By QMI Agency
|Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks at a news conference in New York, November 22, 2011, to announce a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with the players that will allow play to continue uninterrupted through the 2016 season. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will be offered a two-year contract extension this week, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.
Selig, 77, has one year left on his current contract and previously has said he intended to retire in 2012.
Selig earns more than $22 million annually, and has use of a private jet, the report said. He remains popular with owners because Major League Baseball has sustained labour peace, unlike other sports.
Selig became acting commissioner in 1992 when Fay Vincent was forced out. When a contract extension was approved in 2009, Selig said he would be retire after 2012.
He is the second-longest serving commissioner behind Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who ruled from 1920 through 1944.
METS SIGN BATISTA
The New York Mets announced Tuesday that right-handed pitchers Miguel Batista and Fernando Cabrera have signed minor-league contracts with invitations to major-league spring training.
Batista, 40, split last season between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Mets, finishing 5-2 with a 3.60 earned-run average.
Cabrera, 30, spent last season with triple-A Sacramento but has pitched in the majors with Boston (2009-2010), Baltimore (2007-2008) and Cleveland (2004-2007), compiling an 8-7 record, and a 5.24 ERA.
The Cincinnati Reds are hoping to re-sign closer Francisco Cordero, but a CBSSports.com report says they are also in talks with free-agent Ryan Madson, who was with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011 ... The Baltimore Orioles confirmed the signing Tuesday of Taiwanese left-hander Wei-yin Chen to a three-year deal. Chen, 26, went 36-30 with a 2.48 ERA in 117 games during the past four seasons with the Chunichi Dragons of the Central League of Nippon Professional Baseball. He is expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation ... As expected, left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm signed a one-year, $4.25-million deal with the Chicago Cubs, the team announced Tuesday. Maholm, 29, went 53-73 with a 4.36 ERA in seven seasons in Pittsburgh ... The St. Louis Cardinals have signed backup catcher Koyie Hill, 32, to a minor-league contract, according to Fox Sports. Hill hit .194 in 46 games with the Cubs in 2011.