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Newsmakers: Jose Iglesias, Tigers agree to one-year deal

Thu., Jan. 9, 2014

Agreed The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with second-year shortstop Jose Iglesias that pays him at an annual rate of $1.65 million while in the major leagues and $1,237,500 while in the minors. Iglesias, who is not yet eligible for salary arbitration, received the maximum 20 percent cut from his previous contract, an $8.5 million, four-year agreement. Hired Lawyer Kevin McGuiness, who has spent a decade heading a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., has been hired as chief operating officer of the Major League Baseball Players Association under new union head Tony Clark.

Ditched The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the franchise will make the gold “P” the team’s primary logo this season, replacing the beloved eye-patch wearing Jolly Roger, the club’s main symbol for nearly 80 years.

Out Longtime Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler is out after nearly four decades in the booth and Gary Matthews will not return as color analyst. According to multiple sources, the decision to replace Wheeler and Matthews came from NBCUniversal. The team recently signed a 25-year, $2.5 billion television deal with the network.

• Commentator Ian Darke is replacing Martin Tyler as ESPN’s lead play-by-play broadcaster for the World Cup in Brazil.

Revamped The LPGA Tour is going to a points race this year, offering $1 million to the winner of the new “Race to the CME Globe.” The women will earn points for 31 events going into the CME Group Tour Championship. The winner will receive a $1 million bonus.

Linked A search warrant filed in Bristol, Conn., indicates police think former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was in an SUV when someone inside shot two people to death in Boston in 2012. The warrant does not show who investigators believe pulled the trigger or suggest a motive.


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