MLB Notebook: Nine players say no to $13 million offers

2012-11-10T00:00:00Z MLB Notebook: Nine players say no to $13 million offersThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Josh Hamilton, B.J. Upton and Kyle Lohse were among nine free agents who turned down $13.3 million offers from their former clubs Friday as the annual general managers' meeting ended.

Also rejecting the one-year guaranteed offers were the Yankees' Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda. The other three were David Ortiz, Michael Bourn and Adam LaRoche. Ortiz and the Red Sox had already agreed to a $26 million, two-year deal.

Just nine of 165 major-league free agents were given the offers.

If a player who said no switches teams, his new club would lose a draft choice next June - its highest pick, unless that selection is among the top 10.

For some of the remaining eight players, compensation may cause some teams to shy away.

"Would I have less interest in guys if I lost my No. 1 pick? Yes," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "I've been recently trying to steer clear of losing our draft pick."

Longtime executive MacPhail dies at 95

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Lee MacPhail, a longtime baseball executive who ruled in the celebrated Pine Tar case and later became part of the only father-son Hall of Fame pairing, has died. He was 95.

He was the oldest Hall of Famer, and he died Thursday night at his home in Delray Beach, Fla., the shrine said Friday.

"There's not much I haven't done off the field other than commissioner," he said during a 1985 interview with The Associated Press when he retired after 4 1/2 decades in the sport.

In the second generation of one of baseball's most prominent families - his son, Andy, also was in the front office for several teams - MacPhail's most well-known moment in baseball came in 1983. He upheld Kansas City's protest in the Pine Tar Game against the Yankees, restoring a ninth-inning home run to Royals slugger George Brett.

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