A Rays affiliate planned, and then cancelled, “A-Rod Juice Box” night


The Yankees may obliquely refer to their designated hitter’s PED past as a means of denying his accomplishments. But lord help anyone else who tries to do so!

Earlier today The Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, the high-A affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays, announced “A-Rod Juice Box Night,” in which the first 500 fans would get a juice box. Written on the side of the box: “The Sports Drink,” “100% Juiced,” and “Side Affects include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!” The ad, which was part of a now-deleted tweet, looked like this:


A laugh? I suppose. But even if it’s not exactly hilarious or particularly timely, it’s probably pretty harmless all things considered. The Yankees, however, did not agree:

Only the Yankees and the reporters to whom they give anonymous quotes are allowed to remind people of Alex Rodriguez’s drug history. Anyone else who does it will get a stern talking-to.

Dodgers, Tony Gonsolin agree to 2-year, $6.65M contract

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LOS ANGELES — All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a two-year, $6.65 million contract that avoided an arbitration hearing.

Gonsolin gets $3.25 million this year and $3.4 million in 2024.

His salary in the second season can escalate by up to $3 million based on a points system in which he will be credited one point for each start, or each relief appearance of 3 1/3 innings: $500,000 apiece for 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 28 points. The 2024 salary also would increase by $1,125,000 for winning a Cy Young Award this year, $625,000 for finishing second or third in the voting and $500,000 for finishing fourth or fifth.

The sides exchanged salary proposals on Jan. 13, with Gonsolin seeking a raise from $720,000 last season to $3.4 million this year, while the Dodgers offered $3 million.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 24 starts during a breakout season last year. Gonsolin earned his first All-Star selection with an 11-0 record and a 2.02 ERA in the first half. He finished with the highest winning percentage (.941) in franchise history.

Gonsolin has been with the Dodgers for parts of four seasons since being drafted in the ninth round out of Saint Mary’s College in 2016. He is 26-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 59 career games.

He helped the Dodgers win the 2020 World Series during the pandemic-shortened season.