Athlete contracts

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Yasmani Grandal smiles in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, in Milwaukee. All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, finding a more lucrative free-agent market now that he no longer is burdened by draft-pick compensation. Grandal will earn $18.25 million annually as part of the deal announced Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)
November 21, 2019 - 1:12 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, finding a more lucrative free-agent market now that he no longer is burdened by draft-pick compensation. Grandal will earn $18.25 million annually as part of the deal announced...
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is pressured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
November 21, 2019 - 9:24 am
Dak Prescott's breakout season may cost the Dallas Cowboys a ton of money. In the final year of his rookie contract, Prescott is putting up eye-popping numbers. Prescott leads the league with 3,221 yards passing and a career-high 8.8 yards per attempt. He's two touchdowns shy of his career high (23...
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CORRECTS TO ONE GUARANTEED SEASON, INSTEAD OF TWO - FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after grounding out to end the sixth inning in the first game of the baseball team's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees have given up on Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with one guaranteed season and more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
November 20, 2019 - 8:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have given up on Jacoby Ellsbury, cutting the oft-injured outfielder with more than $26 million left in his $153 million, seven-year contract. Ellsbury, who has not played since 2017, was released Wednesday to clear a 40-man roster spot as New York added seven players to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Gerardo Parra hits a single during the sixth inning of Game 4 of the baseball National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, in Washington. The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan. Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants, the team said Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. A two-time Gold Glove winner and a backup on this year’s World Series champion Washington Nationals, the 32-year-old outfielder became a fan favorite at Nationals Park this year for his “Baby Shark” walkup song, a tribute to the musical taste of his 2-year-old daughter Aaliyah. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
November 20, 2019 - 1:28 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan. Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants. As part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Parra can earn $500,000 in bonuses next year. The deal includes a $3 million option...
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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo speaks during a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
November 13, 2019 - 10:31 am
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington went against baseball's trend toward bulked-up bullpens, dedicating 39% of its payroll to three starting pitchers: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. The trio triumphed, lifting the Nationals to the first World Series title in the team's 51-...
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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry poses during a photo shoot at the Raptors Media day in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.(Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
October 07, 2019 - 9:39 am
Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season. Agent Mark Bartelstein on Monday confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. Lowry was entering the final year of a $100 million...
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New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin celebrates his empty net goal during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/ Bill Kostroun)
October 02, 2019 - 9:31 am
The St. Louis Blues will look a lot like the team that won the franchise's first Stanley Cup when the puck drops for the NHL's season-opening game against the 2018 champion Washington Capitals. Ryan O'Reilly, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, knows the season won't be quite the same...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2010, file photo, a ball flicks through the net in front of the NCAA logo on the marquis during an NCAA college basketball practice in Pittsburgh. Defying the NCAA, California's governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday, Sept. 30, that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
September 30, 2019 - 9:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defying the NCAA, California opened the way Monday for college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsement deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers, car dealerships and other sponsors, just like the pros. The first-in-the-nation law, signed by Democratic...
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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo poses for a portrait during the NBA basketball team's media day Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in Milwaukee. After leading the Bucks to a league-best 60 wins in the regular season and losing to the NBA champion Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals earlier this year, Antetokounmpo is putting his league MVP trophy on the shelf and focusing solely on taking Milwaukee to the next level. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
September 30, 2019 - 6:52 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Expectations for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have never been higher. After leading the Bucks to a league-best 60 wins in the regular season and losing to the NBA champion Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals earlier this year, Antetokounmpo is putting his...
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Minnesota Wild's Mats Zuccarello scores against Colorado Avalanche's goalie Pavel Francouz during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
September 21, 2019 - 11:26 pm
Mats Zuccarello scored the deciding goal and had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in NHL preseason play in St. Paul, Minnesota. Zuccarello, signed to five-year, $30 million free agent contract by the Wild on July 1, assisted on goals...
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