Orioles sign Aceves to minor league contract
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have signed right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation.
Aceves spent the last three years with Boston after pitching for three seasons with the New York Yankees.
The 31-year-old Aceves has a lifetime record of 30-14 with a 3.69 ERA and 29 saves — all but four of them in 2012.
Aceves bounced between the Red Sox and Triple-A Pawtucket last season. He was 4-1 in 11 games with Boston and 4-2 in eight starts with Pawtucket.
In August 2012, the Red Sox suspended Aceves for three games for conduct detrimental to the team following an argument with then-manager Bobby Valentine.
Kanaan, former owners accept Indy 500 trophies
DETROIT (AP) — Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan exchanged hugs and pats on the back with his former team owners.
Kanaan, Jimmy Vasser and Kevin Kalkhoven had good reason to smile Wednesday night, when they received their “Baby Borg” trophies at the Automotive News World Congress.
The Baby Borgs are smaller replicas of the Indy 500’s Borg-Warner Trophy. Kanaan won the race in May, finally breaking through in his 12th start at the Brickyard. He later left KV Racing and joined Chip Ganassi Racing.
KV Racing rescued Kanaan shortly before the 2011 season when he didn’t have a ride. KV Racing owners Vasser and Kalkhoven spoke Wednesday immediately before Kanaan. Vasser thanked Kanaan for a job well done at Indy, and Kanaan spoke kindly of both owners during his speech.
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers agree to $215M deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball’s first player with a $30 million average salary.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.
Kershaw receives the most lucrative deal for a pitcher, breaking the mark of $180 million set by Justin Verlander last March for his seven-year contract with Detroit.
Auburn’s Malzahn wins Bryant Award
HOUSTON (AP) — Auburn’s Gus Malzahn has won the Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year Award.
Malzahn led a remarkable turnaround in his first year at Auburn, taking the Tigers to the national title game a year after they went 3-9.
Auburn came up just short in the national championship, with Florida State scoring a touchdown with 13 seconds left to pick up a 34-31 win.
Malzahn, who like Bryant is from Arkansas, says that growing up Bryant was “the man” and he is honored to be associated with an award with his name.