MLB notebook: Braves turn backs on Chipper

Chipper Jones tips his hat as he prepares to bat July 10, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

Chipper Jones tips his hat as he prepares to bat July 10, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

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, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones pulled off another first during the National League Division Series last week.

In turns out none of Jones' former teammates were overly eager to catch the 41-year-old, eight-time all-star's first pitch ahead of Game 1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The New York Post, however, did a little more digging and found out this week why Jones, who played 19 seasons in Atlanta, had to toss his first pitch to the club's mascot.

According to the report, Atlanta's clubhouse wasn't happy with Jones for picking the Dodgers to top the Braves in four games, a prediction that inevitably came to fruition Monday night.

"Wanna thank the Braves organization for having me throw out the first pitch to the mascot tonite," Jones tweeted. "Quite sure that's never been done before! Nor will it ever happen again!"

The Dodgers will meet the winner of Wednesday's Game 5 between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

DE LA ROSA STAYING PUT

The Colorado Rockies announced Tuesday they've exercised their one-year, $11 million option on 32-year-old Mexican righty Jorge De La Rosa.

De La Rosa finished 2013 with a 16-6 record in his first season back on the mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011.

"I loved to play at Coors Field," De La Rosa told MLB.com. "It was a ballpark I have always enjoyed. That's why my family and I are so pleased that I'll be able to pitch at least one more year with the Rockies. I would love to stay here until the end of my career."

Including six seasons in the Mile High City, De La Rosa has a lifetime 70-57 record with a 4.70 ERA and 800 strikeouts.

"I have posted some good numbers at Coors, so that's why it boggles me a bit when they say pitchers can't be successful there," De La Rosa said. "I have thought that's something pitchers feed into their minds, and that hampers them."

In the final season of a four-year deal that included a pair of option years, De La Rosa will look to open contract talks mid-2014.

SCHILLING'S THINGS FOR SALE

Curt Schilling's bloody sock isn't for sale.

But it sure seems like everything else is.

The former Boston Red Sox pitcher-turned bankrupt video game tycoon is auctioning off a plethora of his family's personal belongings.

Included in Schilling's bankruptcy auction are a Bambini Zamboni, a Craftsman tractor called "The Ice Mower", a Hummer golf cart, a baseball glove chair and more.

According to estate sales company consignworks.com, Schilling, a six-time all-star and three-time World Series champion, is off-loading goods Saturday at his residence in Medfield, Mass.

The former owner of 38 Studios, Schilling's company reportedly cost him close to $50 million of his own money.

A Reuters report said at one point 38 Studios owed creditors more than $150 million and had just $22 million in assets.

STEINBRENNER ON CANO

Robinson Cano reportedly asked for a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million in initial contract talks with the New York Yankees, but team owner Hal Steinbrenner indicated that isn't a realistic scenario for the franchise.

"I don't feel this organization is ready to do something like that," Steinbrenner said Tuesday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

"We'll see. I know that is a number that is out there now. We'll see if he gets it, how much he wants to be in New York. But, again, I can promise it is going to be a very, very solid offer that we do make because we are going to try. We are going to try the best we can to keep him."

The Yankees already feel burned by the 10-year deal third baseman Alex Rodriguez is currently playing on, and Cano will turn 31 years old on Oct. 22. However, he is also a career .309 hitter averaging 28 home runs and 102 RBIs over the past five seasons with the Yankees, including hitting .314 with 27 homers and 107 RBIs this season.

Steinbrenner said he is "optimistic" a deal will be reached with the pending free agent, but acknowledged Cano could be wearing a different team's uniform next spring.

The Yankees are also awaiting the result of Rodriguez's appeal of a 211-game suspension, which is currently in the arbitration process. If the suspension is upheld and Rodriguez misses the 2014 season, the Yankees stand to save around $31 million off next year's payroll.

BRIEFLY

The Chicago Cubs signed 28-year-old outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million deal, according to USA Today.


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