With new deal, Reds keeping Rolen through 2012

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mlb_a_rolen11_576.jpgWith the Reds hurting for payroll
relief, Scott Rolen has agreed to restructure his contract with an extension that will carry him through the 2012 season,
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.



Rolen, who turns 35 in April, was set to earn $11 million next
season, but under the terms of the new agreement, he will take home $6
million in 2010 and $6.5 million in 2011 and 2012. He’ll also receive a
$5 million signing bonus, deferred over the next three seasons.




Rolen batted .305/.368/.455 with 11
home runs and 67 RBI in ’09, including a .270/.364/.401 line in 137
at-bats after being acquired from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline.
Even though he missed nearly three weeks with post-concussion symptoms,
his 128 games played were his most since 2006 with
the Cardinals. As always, the biggest question is whether he can remain
healthy, but assuming he can, it’s a more than fair deal for the Reds
if it means they can improve in other areas.

Kris Bryant exits game with sprained right ankle

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The Cubs had a scare on Wednesday night when third baseman Kris Bryant left with an apparent ankle injury. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nationals catcher Matt Wieters hit a pop up that veered just into foul territory near the third base bag. Bryant caught it but his momentum took him back into fair territory. In doing so, he stepped awkwardly on the third base bag and appeared to twist his ankle. Bryant needed the assistance of manager Joe Maddon and the team trainer to get off the field.

Bryant was diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.

Bryant was 2-for-3 on the night before departing and being replaced by Jeimer Candelario. He’s now hitting .264/.395/.520 with 16 home runs and 32 RBI in 329 plate appearances. Needless to say, the 39-39 Cubs would see their playoff odds hurt immensely if Bryant were to miss a significant amount of time.

Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby

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Hector Gomez reports Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby, to be held in two weeks at Marlins Park in Miami. So far, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the only other confirmed participant.

Sano, 24, is having an outstanding season, batting .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 293 plate appearances. According to MLB’s Statcast, only Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (96.7 MPH) has a higher average exit velocity than Sano (96.4 MPH).

Brian Dozier was the last member of the Twins to participate in the Home Run Derby. In 2014 at Target Field, Dozier failed to make it into the second round after hitting only two home runs. Justin Morneau is the only Twin to have ever won the Home Run Derby, as he beat Josh Hamilton 5-3 in the finals of the 2008 Derby at Yankee Stadium — although Hamilton out-homered him in total 35 to 22.