Sports shorts: UA star Refsnyder signs with Yankees

2012-07-07T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA star Refsnyder signs with YankeesStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Wildcats outfielder Robert Refsnyder signed with the New York Yankees on Friday, ending his college eligibility after three seasons.

"Finally have a job!" he tweeted. Refsnyder's deal is worth $205,900, Baseball America's Jim Callis reported.

The Yankees took Refsnyder with their fifth-round pick in last month's amateur draft. Refsnyder is the fourth UA draftee to sign in recent weeks: Shortstop Alex Mejia (fourth round, Cardinals), third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (eighth round, Reds) and outfielder Joey Rickard (ninth round, Rays) are the others.

Ace Kurt Heyer, a sixth-round pick of the Cardinals, is expected to sign soon. Designated hitter Bobby Brown has signed a free agent contract with the Royals.

Refsynder hit .364 as a junior with a team-high eight home runs and 66 RBIs; he was named College World Series MVP as Arizona won its first national title since 1986. The Yankees drafted Refsnyder with hopes of converting him into a second baseman. He played the position sparingly as a UA freshman.

College baseball

UA's Field 'fired up' as US wins in Cuba

HAVANA - Arizona Wildcats outfielder Johnny Field called playing in Cuba "awesome" after a team of college stars representing the United States beat a veteran Cuban national squad Thursday night in Havana.

The two countries are reviving a series between two baseball-crazy nations 16 years after it was called off at a nadir in relations. Players and fans stood respectfully in the city's storied Latin American Stadium as the Cuban and then the U.S. national anthems played.

"This is awesome," said Field, a UA junior-to-be, after the U.S. team won 4-3. "I've never been out of the country before. … We've heard all the hype about how great the stadium is, and Cuba is at baseball, and it's already shown since we got here. … We're fired up to be here."

MISCELLANEOUS

Gordon favors Suns; Allen picks Miami

LAS VEGAS - Guard Eric Gordon says New Orleans hasn't shown the same interest in him that the Phoenix Suns did. The Hornets can match the four-year, $58 million contract offer the Suns made to Gordon, but he'd prefer they didn't. "Phoenix is where my heart is now," said Gordon, practicing with the U.S. Olympic team.

• Ray Allen told the Miami Heat he intends to accept their contract offer and leave Boston after five seasons, Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted Friday, even though the Celtics could pay Allen about twice as much. Miami could only offer about $3 million a year.

• Carmelo Anthony said he hopes the New York Knicks can retain Jeremy Lin and finalize a deal for Jason Kidd to give the Knicks a tantalizing tandem at point guard.

• The 76ers said they used their amnesty clause to waive Elton Brand and free up $18 million in salary cap relief. Philadelphia also released Lou Williams and signed ex-Wizards and Clippers guard Nick Young to a one-year deal.

• In Saint-Denis, France, Tyson Gay beat Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters at the Diamond League Areva meet, 12 days after losing to Gatlin at the U.S. trials. Gay dipped across the line in 9.99 seconds, 0.04 ahead of Gatlin.

• The Brazilian club Internacional says it has signed Uruguay soccer star Diego Forlan, 33.

Ryan Finley

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