MIAMI - Ichiro Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins made the announcement Tuesday night. His deal includes $2.8 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $400,000 apiece for 300 and each additional 50 through 600.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Rob Manfred knows he'll get pounded now that he's baseball commissioner — his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball.
"Probably good if I get hit hard," he said, smiling and laughing, during an interview with The Associated Press. "A little more offence. We don't have to deal with that issue."
CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer's family said Sunday.
With Banks' widow standing nearby at a news conference at a downtown hotel, Mark Bogen said Banks had the heart attack Friday in Chicago and died later that day. He did not provide any other details.
"I want you to know that he was very beloved and he is going to be dearly missed by family, friends and all his fans," Liz Banks said.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.
Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.
If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.
Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.