CNBC’s Darren Rovell:
Sources told CNBC that Yankees players recently
received a letter from the Major League Baseball Players Association
that informed them that there was mistake in the calculation of the
World Series championship share . . . the letter told those who had full shares that three people (two
trainers and a player) were not allocated their proper share. The
result? Those who received full shares are now being asked to pay back
approximately $10,000 each.
I blame A-Rod. As I often say, he’s cheated the
game, cheated the fans, cheated himself and cheated whoever it is who calculates World Series shares. He’s history’s greatest monster, really.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.