Athlete contracts

FILE - In this July 24, 2018, file photo, New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes looks on as his team play the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in New York. Cespedes' salary for 2019 was cut in half and his pay for 2020 reduced as part of a settlement of a grievance between the injured outfielder and the Mets. He agreed to a $110 million, four-year contract in December 2016 but has not played since July 20, 2018. The outfielder had surgery to remove bone calcification from his right heel on Aug. 2, 2018, and his left that Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
December 21, 2019 - 5:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Céspedes' base salary next year was cut to $6 million from its original $29.5 million as part of an amended contract with the New York Mets that avoided a grievance hearing, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. The oft-injured outfielder, however, would...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. The Chicago White Sox boosted their starting rotation, agreeing to a $5 million, one-year contract with two-time All-Star González that includes a club option for the 2021 season. The deal announced Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, calls for him to earn $4.5 million in salary next season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
December 20, 2019 - 6:02 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox boosted their starting rotation, finalizing a $5 million, one-year contract with two-time All-Star Gio González that includes a 2021 club option. The deal announced Friday calls for a $4.5 million salary in 2020 and gives the White Sox a $7 million option for 2021 with...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout drives in two runs with a single against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. The average salary in the major leagues has dropped in consecutive years for the first time since the players' association started keeping records more than a half-century ago. This year's drop followed two slow free-agent markets and new contracts with large signing bonuses for Trout, Alex Bregman, Jacob deGrom, Paul Goldschmidt, Manny Machado and A.J. Pollock. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
December 20, 2019 - 5:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The average salary in the major leagues has dropped in consecutive years for the first time since the players' association started keeping records more than a half-century ago. The 988 players on Aug. 31 rosters and injured lists averaged $4,051,490, the union said Friday, down 1.1...
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 20, 2019 - 12:21 pm
Rookie Daniel Jones is returning as the New York Giants starting quarterback after missing two weeks with an ankle injury. Jones again replaces two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, who had returned to the starting lineup with Jones sidelined. Manning is in the final year of his contract, so the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell watches before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. Bell will see lots of familiar faces when he faces his old team on Sunday. The Jets running back spent his first six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including last year when he sat out all of it in a contract dispute. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
December 19, 2019 - 4:57 pm
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Le'Veon Bell will jog onto the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday and spot plenty of Jets fans in the stands wearing his green and white jersey. The New York running back knows lots of well-traveled Steelers fans will also make the trek from Pittsburgh, where he spent his...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Sports agent Scott Boras answers questions during a news conference at the annual MLB baseball general managers' meetings in Orlando, Fla. Nearly 30 years after negotiating his first contract, Boras worked out $814 million in deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon in a three-day span, part of what is expected to be a $1.2 billion offseason for baseball's most visible agent. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
December 18, 2019 - 6:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Boras showed up at the winter meetings with his own press conference backdrop. How appropriate, given his banner offseason. Beloved by his high-profile clients, courted by powerful owners and a polarizing figure for fans, baseball's most famous agent negotiated $814 million of...
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New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole, center, holds a sign he used as a young Yankees fan, as he is introduced as the baseball clubs newest player during a baseball media availability, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 in New York. He is joined by team owner Hal Steinbrenner, left, and his wife, Amy Cole. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 18, 2019 - 5:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On his first day in pinstripes, Gerrit Cole admitted to stealing a sign — no, not those signs. Cole affixed his signature to a record $324 million, nine-year contract at 10:45 a.m., walked into a news conference at Yankee Stadium and pulled out the crinkled placard he took to one of...
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Newly acquired Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner, center, holds his new jersey with general manager Mike Hazen, right, and manager Tory Lovullo during a team availability, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
December 17, 2019 - 7:11 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The first act of Madison Bumgarner's baseball career consisted of 11 hugely successful seasons that included three World Series titles with the San Francisco Giants. The 30-year-old left-handed pitcher believes his second act in Arizona can be just as memorable. The Diamondbacks...
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File-This photo taken Aug. 29, 2019, shows Tom Coughlin, executive vice president of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars watching players warm up before an NFL preseason football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Owner Shad Khan has a decision to make about the Jaguars (4-7), who are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the 11th time in the last 12 years. Khan hired Coughlin and head coach Doug Marrone at the same time in 2017, adding them to incumbent general manager Dave Caldwell and creating a triumvirate that worked well for two seasons. It now appears to be falling apart. Marrone took a shot at Coughlin on Tuesday, the first clear sign of internal strife. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)
December 16, 2019 - 3:13 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tom Coughlin tried to fine former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler more than $700,000 for missing “mandatory” appointments with a team trainer or physician. It was just one example of how Coughlin has run roughshod over players since his return to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 16, 2019 - 11:47 am
A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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