Update on the latest sportsAP
Franco signs $182-million, 11-year contract with Tampa Bay
UNDATED (AP) — Shortstop Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized an $182 million, 11-year contract that includes a club option for the 2033 season. The deal could be worth up to $223 million if the club option is exercised and incentives are reached.
The contract is the largest financial commitment to a player in the Rays’ 24-year history and the biggest in major league history for a player with less than a year of major league service time.
The 20-year-old Franco made his major league debut June 22 and hit a three-run homer. He batted .288 with 18 doubles, five triples, seven homers and 39 RBIs in 70 games. He finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Franco put together a 43-game on-base streak to tie Cincinnati’s Frank Robinson for the longest in major league history among players under 21. He went 7 for 19 with two homers and four RBIs in four postseason games.
Franco would have been eligible for free agency after the 2027 season.
In other MLB news:
— The Boston Red Sox have signed Michael Wacha (WAH’-kuh) to a $7 million, one-year deal, adding the right-hander to an already thin rotation that lost Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency. Wacha was 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA last season for Tampa Bay. He was 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA in seven appearances from Aug. 28 on, ending the season with back-to-back, scoreless five-inning starts in which he allowed a total of one hit. Wacha is 63-48 with a 4.14 ERA in nine major league seasons, also playing for the Cardinals and Mets.
— The Seattle Mariners have acquired All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier from the San Diego Padres in exchange for two minor leaguers. The trade addresses one of Seattle’s biggest needs entering the offseason, finding a middle infielder to pair with shortstop J.P. Crawford. But Frazier’s versatility allows Seattle to still be aggressive with other possible moves should another middle infielder become available. San Diego acquired left-handed reliever Ray Kerr and outfielder Corey Rosier in the deal.
Bills lose a key piece of their defense
UNDATED (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have lost their most important defensive player for the rest of the season. The team announced Friday that Pro Bowl cornerback Tre’Davious White suffered a torn ACL during Thursday night’s 31-6 victory over the Saints in New Orleans.
White has started 72 games in his Bills career and has become one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL, a two-time Pro Bowl selection and an All-Pro in 2019.
White’s injury comes just as the Bills enter the toughest part of their schedule. They play the Patriots twice in four weeks, and they go to Tampa in two weeks to take on Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Bucs.
In other NFL news:
— The Cleveland Browns have activated running back Kareem Hunt and Pro Bowl right tackle Jack Conklin from injured reserve, and they will be in the lineup for Sunday night’s critical game against AFC North-leading Baltimore. Hunt missed the past five games with a calf injury. Conklin was out for the past three with a dislocated elbow. The Browns also elevated defensive end Porter Gustin and return specialist JoJo Natson from the practice squad.
Rangers F Artemi Panarin fined $5,000 for throwing glove
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) has been fined $5,000 for throwing one of his gloves at Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand.
The NHL announced the punishment on Saturday. The fine is the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union.
Panarin and Marchand were standing in front of their respective benches when the glove-throwing episode occurred during the third period of New York’s 5-2 victory at Boston on Friday. Panarin was assessed a misconduct penalty.
Panarin had a goal and an assist in the win against the Bruins. He has five goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season.