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Mets, deGrom agree to $17 million, 1-year contract

UNDATED (AP) — Jacob deGrom will finally be paid like a Cy Young Award winner.

DeGrom and the New York Mets have agreed to a one-year, $17 million contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player.

DeGrom made $7.4 million while leading the majors with a 1.70 ERA and striking out 269 over 217 innings last season. He was selected to his second All-Star Game in 2018 and came away with the NL Cy Young Award.

The 30-year-old can become a free agent after the 2020 season if the Mets don’t sign him to a multiyear contract by then.

Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd), Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz also received 2019 contracts, as did outfielder Michael Conforto.

Baseball’s top home run hitter also worked out a one-year package to avoid arbitration. Khris Davis has accepted a $16.5 million deal with the Oakland Athletics after hitting a major league-best 48 home runs and setting a career high with 123 RBIs to help the club earn a wild-card berth.

The A’s also agreed to one-year deals with left-hander Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah), infielders Jurickson Profar (JUR’-ihk-suhn PROH’-fahr) and Marcus Semien and outfielder Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) to avoid arbitration.

Fifteen players have exchanged arbitration figures with their ballclubs. The list includes Yankees pitcher Luis Severino, A’s reliever Blake Treinen, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) and Phillies ace Aaron Nola.

A host of other major leaguers avoided arbitration by accepting one-year offers:

— The champion Red Sox worked out pacts with shortstop Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) and outfielders Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr., as well as infielder Brock Holt, catchers Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart. Pitchers Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman and Steven Wright also accepted Boston offers.

— The Cubs settled with infielders Kris Bryant, Bavier Baez and Addison Baez, along with Chicago outfielder Kyle Schwarber and hurlers Kyle Hendricks, Carl Edwards and Mike Montgomery.

— Cleveland has shortstop Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) back on the fold after he settled with the Indians.

— Catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) worked out a package with the Marlins.

— The Rangers have avoided arbitration with outfielders Nomar Mazara and Delino DeShields by agreeing to 2019 contracts.

— The Reds have agreed to terms with infielders Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) and Jose Peraza, outfielder Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) and hurlers Anthony DeSclafani (dee-skleh-FAH’-nee), Michael Lorenzen and Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk) on one-year contracts.

— The Braves have agreed to one-year packages with All-Star pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) and starting pitcher Kevin Gausman.

— The Cardinals and right-hander Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah) hammered out a $6.35 million contract, and the team also settled with outfielder Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nah).

— Diamondbacks left-handers Robbie Ray and Andrew Chafin also avoided arbitration, as did Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson and Padres catcher Austin Hedges.

In other baseball news:

— Zach Britton and the Yankees have finalized a contract that guarantees the reliever $39 million over three seasons and could be worth $53 million for four years. The 31-year-old left-hander was acquired by the Yankees from Baltimore on July 24 and had a 2.88 ERA and three saves in 25 appearances for New York.

— Free-agent second baseman D.J. LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) and the Yankees are nearing agreement on a two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The 30-year-old Gold Glove winner spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a .348 average.

—The Dodgers have reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto, a day after losing free agent Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) to Milwaukee. Los Angeles obtained the 35-year-old Canadian from the Blue Jays for minor leaguers Andrew Sopko, a right-hander, and Ronny Brito, an infielder.

— Astros third baseman Alex Bregman will be limited at the start of spring training after arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. Bregman was a first-time All-Star last year, homered in the game and was selected MVP of the American League’s win.

— Tigers minor league pitcher Gregory Soto has been suspended 20 games without pay by Major League Baseball under a provision of the sport’s collective bargaining agreement allowing discipline for conduct detrimental or prejudicial to the sport.


Jets announce Gase hiring

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets have officially announced the hiring of Adam Gase as their head coach, two days after the two sides came to an agreement.

The 40-year-old Gase was 23-26 in three seasons and one playoff game with Miami before being fired last week. He replaces Todd Bowles, who was let go following a 4-12 season.

Gase was Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator at Denver and will have the task of mentoring quarterback Sam Darnold, the third player taken in last year’s draft.

In other NFL news:

— A person familiar with the decision says Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is a finalist in the Dolphins’ coaching search, and they’re expected to offer him the job when New England ends its postseason. If they fail to reach a deal with Flores, they haven’t ruled out Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard.

— Former Vikings assistant coach John Michels has died. He was 87. Michels was the longest-tenured assistant coach in franchise history. He spent 27 seasons on the Vikings’ coaching staff from 1967-93.


4 Alabama players declare for NFL draft

UNDATED (AP) — Four Alabama players are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL draft, including All-America left tackle Jonah Williams and Outland Trophy-winning defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.

Those projected first-rounders announced their intentions on Friday, along with versatile tailback Josh Jacobs and tight end Irv Smith Jr.

Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams were unanimous All-Americans rated as potential Top 10 picks. Jacobs and Smith are also listed as potential late first-rounders in at least one mock draft.

Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and cornerback Trevon Diggs have already announced they’re staying put.

In other college football news:

— Temple has hired Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey as its next football coach, filling a vacancy that abruptly opened in late December after the newly-hired Manny Diaz left to lead Miami. Carey arrives after Geoff Collins departed to Georgia Tech and Temple unexpectedly lost Diaz as its first replacement.

— East Tennessee State coach Randy Sanders has received a two-year contract extension after leading the Buccaneers to a Football Championship Subdivision playoff appearance in his debut season. The extension means that Sanders’ contract now runs through the 2023 season.


Giannis, Embiid sit

UNDATED (AP) — Two of the NBA’s top big men are getting a night off.

Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been ruled out of the Bucks’ game against the Wizards because of right quadriceps soreness and a left hip contusion. It will be the third game Antetokounmpo has missed this season.

Philadelphia center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) sat out the 76ers’ game Friday night against Atlanta because of a sore left ankle.

Embiid hurt his ankle in a loss to Washington on Wednesday night.


Rick Nash retires

UNDATED (AP) — Power winger Rick Nash has decided to retire from the NHL at 34 because of unresolved symptoms from a concussion he suffered in March. Agent Joe Resnick says Nash decided under advice from doctors that the risk of brain injury was far too great if he returned to play hockey.

Nash scored 437 goals and had 368 assists for 805 points in 1,060 regular-season NHL games. The first overall draft pick in 2002 played 15 seasons, nine with Columbus and five-plus with the New York Rangers before finishing with Boston.

In other NHL news:

— Arizona center Brad Richardson is week to week after being placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury suffered in Arizona’s 4-3 overtime victory over Vancouver on Thursday. The Coyotes filled the void by acquiring center Jordan Weal from the Flyers for minor league defenseman Jacob Gravess and a sixth-ranked pick in this year’s draft.


Kuchar builds early lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Kuchar opens with three straight birdies and has another 7-under 63 for a four-shot lead among the early starters Friday in the Sony Open.

Kuchar started on the back nine at Waialae and shot 30 to seize control. Chez Reavie had the strangest round with more eagles (3) than birdies (2), all of them from the fairway on par 4s.

He was at 14-under 126, four shots ahead of Chez Reavie and Stewart Cink.

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