MLB notebook: Sosa still not welcome at Cubs events
Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts has drawn a line in the sand for franchise home-run leader Sammy Sosa if he wishes to ever be welcomed back by the team.
Ricketts, speaking at the Cubs' annual fan convention Saturday, said Sosa must "put everything on the table" in regards to alleged performance-enhancing drug use during his playing days in order to begin repairing his relationship with the club.
Sosa hasn't been invited back to take part in any official Cubs-related activities since he retired in 2007. Sosa never officially tested positive for steroids during his career. However, he was one of the players to be listed as testing positive in baseball's 2003 anonymous survey on PED use, the results of which were revealed by the New York Times in 2009.
"Players from that era owe us a little bit of honesty," Ricketts said. "The only way to turn that page is to put everything on the table. "I think we have to be sympathetic to that era ... but the players owe us some honesty, too."
--The San Diego Padres and left-hander Brad Hand have agreed to a three-year extension, according to the MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal.
The agreement covers Hand's final two years of arbitration eligibility and includes a fourth-year team option, according to the report. Hand is expected to receive guaranteed money in the range of $18-20 million.
Hand went 3-4 with 21 saves, a 2.16 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings last season, when he was named to his first All-Star team. He posted career-bests with 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 5.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
--The Minnesota Twins and free-agent reliever Addison Reed agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract, according to multiple reports.
Reed had a 2.84 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 19 saves and 76 strikeouts in 76 innings between the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox last season. The right-hander will be one of the leading candidates to be the Twins' closer next season, along with fellow recent signee Fernando Rodney.
Reed, 29, received a good deal of time as the Mets' closer last season with Jeurys Familia suspended to start the year and injured in May. Reed converted 19 of his 21 save chances for New York before being dealt to the Red Sox prior to the trade deadline. In Boston, he served primarily as a setup man for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel.
--Field Level Media
© Copyright Reuters Ltd. All rights reserved. The information contained in this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of Reuters Ltd.