MLBPA has no beef with Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez talks with reporters outside the Lakeland Flying Tigers visitor's...

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez talks with reporters outside the Lakeland Flying Tigers visitor's clubhouse after reporting for his rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees in Lakeland, Florida in this file photo taken July 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Scott Audette/Files)

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Tony Clark, Major League Baseball Players Association executive director, said all is good between suspended New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and the union.

Clark said he expects Rodriguez to be back on the playing field next year when he comes off his season-long ban and does not expect any retribution against him from players who were reportedly angered that he filed a lawsuit against the union.

"Alex is a member of the players' association," Clark said at the Yankees' spring training facility in Tampa, Fla., on Monday after having a conference call with players.

"As such, he will serve the penalty that he's been given by the arbitrator, he will come back in spring training ready to go, wherever that happens to be," Clark said. "He's under contract to the Yankees, so I would expect him to be in camp with the Yankees. Am I concerned about anything beyond that? No."

Rodriguez did drop his lawsuits against the players' association and MLB earlier this month. He initially filed the complaints after unsuccessfully appealing his suspension in connection with the Biogenesis scandal. MLB handed him a 211-game ban that was later reduced to 162 games by an arbitrator.

Clark, a teammate of Rodriguez's on the Yankees in 2004, said he has not spoken to him since he withdrew the lawsuits.

"The page has been turned," he said.

WASHINGTON INKS EXTENSION

The Texas Rangers and manager Ron Washington agreed to a one-year contract extension that takes him through the 2015 season, the team announced Monday.

Washington was entering the final year of his contract and signing the extension ends questions about possible lame-duck status.

Washington, 61, has been the Rangers' manager since the 2007 season. He has more wins than any Rangers manager in history (611) and took the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, losing both times.

"This was a foregone conclusion certainly in my mind and in the Rangers' mind going forward that this is the guy that has been our leader through a lot of tremendous times, our field leader, and it's been a partnership from Day 1," Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said, according to ESPN.com. "I expect that to continue for a long time to come."

The Rangers finished 91-72 last season, and failed to earn a playoff spot by one game.

"I'm very appreciative for the support that the Texas Rangers have given me since I've been here," Washington said, trying to avoid getting choked up. "All I've ever wanted to do was just go out there and try to be the best I can for the organization and for my players."

O'S ANNOUNCE CRUZ SIGNING

The Baltimore Orioles announced Monday they have signed free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz to a one-year contract.

It had been reported by multiple media outlets on Saturday that Cruz agreed to a one-year, $8-million contract. Cruz can reportedly earn up to an additional $750,000 in incentives.

Cruz, 33, had a batting line of .266/.327/.506 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs last season with the Texas Rangers before serving a 50-game suspension related to the Biogenesis scandal.

Over nine seasons, Cruz has a .268 batting average with 157 homers and 489 RBIs.

Cruz cost himself millions of dollars as he rejected the Rangers' $14.1 million qualifying offer earlier this off-season. He was rumored to be seeking a long-term contract for $75 million.

To make room for Cruz on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Chris Jones was designated for assignment.

STAIRS, MOYER TO CALL GAMES

Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer are keeping busy following their lengthy baseball careers.

Both were hired by Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia to call 30 Phillies games together and over 100 games apiece in 2014.

Stairs, from Saint John, N.B., was mainly a platoon player and stayed around the game through some part-time roles later in his career. Moyer, a left-hander, was able to pitch in the majors until he was 49 years old.

They were teammates with the Phillies in 2008, the year Philadelphia won the World Series, and have previous broadcast experience.

"I'm going to take care of the pitching, he'll do the hitting," Stairs jokingly told USA Today at Phillies spring training camp in Clearwater, Fla.

HEISMAN WINNER VS. YANKS?

The New York Yankees play an exhibition game against Florida State on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., which means the Yankees could face Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Winston is the closer on the Seminoles' baseball team, and he has allowed just one hit and no runs in four innings of work this season.

Tuesday's game at Steinbrenner field is just a spring exhibition, so Winston may not face the Yankees' regular starting lineup if he does pitch.

But seldom do the Yankees face a Heisman Trophy winner -- in an exhibition game or otherwise.


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