AP source: Dozier, Nationals agree to 1-year deal...Jay, White Sox finalize 1-year contract...Bobrovsky out for Columbus
WASHINGTON (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free-agent second baseman Brian Dozier and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract, subject to the successful completion of a physical exam. Dozier played for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He would fill Washington’s need for a new starting second baseman and could help add some power to the lineup, particularly if slugging outfielder Bryce Harper ends up leaving the Nationals as a free agent.
CHICAGO (AP) — Free agent outfielder Jon Jay and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract. The 33-year-old Jay played for Kansas City and Arizona last season, batting .268 with three homers and 40 RBIs in 143 games. He also made at least 24 starts at each spot in the outfield. The addition of Jay gives the White Sox another veteran hitter after they struck out 1,594 times last season, tops in the majors.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHV’-skee) will miss tonight’s game because of an unspecified team “incident.” The team made the announcement several hours before the Blue Jackets were set to host the Nashville Predators. Coach John Tortorella declined to comment on the matter. Bobrovsky is 18-13-1 in the final year of his contract and so far has declined to sign a long-term extension.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Derby’s purse will be raised to $3 million this May. That’s an increase of $1 million and the first boost in 14 years. Churchill Downs says the winner of the 145th running will receive $1.86 million. The runner-up will earn $600,000, with third place worth $300,000, fourth place $150,000 and fifth place $90,000.
BOSTON (AP) — Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman (AL’-ee RAYS’-mihn) says she is recovering from a broken elbow suffered in a fall on the stairs. In a Twitter post, Raisman says she survived two Olympic Games and 19 years of gymnastics without ever breaking a bone but the stairs got her. The native of suburban Boston was captain for both the gold medal-winning 2012 and 2016 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics teams.