February 8, 2012
MLB notes: Reyes's hair raises $10K
By QMI Agency
No question, Jose Reyes had a nice head of hair, his dreadlocks dangling down to his shoulders ... but would you pay $10,200 for those locks?
Well, someone has.
Bidding for Reyes' hair ended Wednesday on EBay, with the winner offering up more than 10 grand. Proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
The shortstop's new team, the Miami Marlins, has a policy against long hair so Reyes had no choice but to get a trim. On the other hand, Reyes is getting paid $106 million over six years, so he can afford to buy a hat.
REDS SIGN CANUCK
The Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday confirmed the signing of left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis. The Vancouver native has signed a minor-league contract but will have the opportunity at spring training to win a spot in the Reds rotation.
The 31-year-old was 6-16 with the Kansas City Royals last season with a 4.82 earned-run average.
The Reds also finalized a one-year contract with outfielder Ryan Ludwick. The 33-year-old hit .237 last season with 13 homers and 75 RBI for the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates.
ELVIS RIDES WITH RANGERS
Elvis Andrus has agreed to a three-year deal worth $14.5 million with the Texas Rangers, the team announced Wednesday.
The contract buys out all three of the shortstop's arbitration-eligible seasons.
The 23-year-old, who hit .279 last season with five homers, 60 RBI and 37 stolen bases, is eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
ROYALS, GORDON CLOSE
The Royals and star left fielder Alex Gordon are close to agreement on a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, the Kansas City Star reported Wednesday.
Gordon, who turns 28 Friday had made an arbitration request of $5.45 million, while the Royals offered $4.15 million. The Royals haven't been to an arbitration hearing since Dayton Moore became general manager in June 2006.
Gordon hit .303 in 2011 with 23 home runs and 87 RBI and won a Gold Glove, rebounding from the previous season when he hit only .215.
ARBITRATION LOSSES ADD UP
Outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, coming off a breakout season, won his arbitration case with the Miami Marlins and was awarded $2.2 million for 2012.
The Marlins had offered $1.95 million.
Bonifacio led the Marlins with a .296 average in 2011 and added five homers, seven triples and 40 stolen bases.
The switch-hitter was the second Marlin to win his case this week. Pitcher Anibal Sanchez was awarded his $8-million request Monday.
The New York Yankees have signed veteran infielder Russell Branyan to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Branyan, 36, has played for 11 major-league teams and is a career .232 hitter with 194 homers and 467 RBI ... The San Diego Padres have signed pitcher Jeff Suppan to a minor-league deal with a spring-training invitation. Last season, the 37-year-old right-hander has a 138-143 career record with a 4.69 ERA.