NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees were hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003.
According to Major League Baseball calculations sent to teams Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million. Boston finished just under for the second straight year, coming in $225,666 shy of the $178 million mark.
Figures include average annual values of contracts for players on 40-man rosters, earned bonuses and escalators, adjustments for cash in trades and $10.8 million per team in benefits.
Los Angeles had a higher payroll for the tax: $243 million to New York's $234 million. But because the Dodgers didn't exceed the threshold in 2012, they pay at a 17.5 percent rate and owe $11,415,959. They would pay at a 30 percent rate if they exceed the threshold next year.
Checks to the commissioner's office are due by Jan. 21.
By David Vassegh
On Monday, Andre Ethier showed up to Dodger Stadium from a vacation with his own family to bring a smile to a young Dodger fan that is stricken with ovarian cancer. Ethier surprised 10 year old Emily with a tour of the stadium and the entire Dodger clubhouse. Ethier is Emily's favorite Dodger and he found a way to be there to brighten her Holiday season. You can help Emily's fight at believein17.org. From there Ethier went to volunteer at the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in Los Angeles. In between those 2 great causes I caught up with Ethier to talk about his Monday and also how he has dealt with the trade rumors and got an update on the status of his left ankle.
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Mark Ellis to a one-year contract.
Ellis hit .270 with six homers and 48 RBI in 126 games last season with the Dodgers.
The 36-year-old Ellis has a .265 batting mark with 105 home runs and 538 RBI in 1,362 career games with Oakland (2002-11), Colorado (2011) and the Dodgers (2012-13).
"Mark is a player we identified early-on as being an ideal fit for our team," stated Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak. "His experience and steadiness, both in the field and at the plate, certainly enhances our overall roster make-up."
Ellis has also appeared in 22 career postseason games.
Los Angeles (AP) - The Dodgers have acquired pitcher Seth Rosin from the New York Mets for cash after he was selected by New York in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft from Philadelphia.
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound right-hander was 9-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 26 games last season with the Phillies' Double-A Reading club.
The 25-year-old is 14-12 with 12 saves and a 4.00 ERA in 108 games over four pro seasons after being
drafted by the San Francisco Giants out of Minnesota.
The Dodgers now have 36 players on their 40-man roster.
By David Vassegh
Adrian Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy help the kids of Southern California year round, but Christmas time is a special time for the Gonzalez's, on Wednesday, Adrian was the headliner at the Dodgers Holiday party hosting over 300 kids from L.A. area elementary schools. From there, Adrian went to Childeren's Hospital in Los Angeles to cheer the kids up.
I caught up with Adrian in between signing autographs and handing out Christmas gifts to the kids. We talked about his off season workouts, his view of the Winter Meetings and the charity he has been involved with recently.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed three-time All-Star reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year deal, according to reports.
The pact reportedly is worth $10 million and contains a player option for a second season. The player option is worth at least $8.5 million, according to CBSSports.com and the Los Angeles Times, and could reach $10 million based on number of appearances, the Times reported.
After missing almost all of the 2012 season with an elbow injury that eventually required surgery, Wilson signed with the Dodgers last year after spending his first seven major league seasons with the rival San Francisco Giants.
Wilson, 31, appeared in 18 games down the stretch for the Dodgers and was a valuable bullpen arm for the NL West champions, going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA.
The right-hander led the NL with 48 in 2010 and closed out San Francisco's title-clinching victory in Game 5 of that year's World Series against the Texas Rangers. Wilson pitched in just two games with the Giants in 2012 before being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
He has saved 171 games while posting a 3.10 ERA over 333 career appearances in the majors.
Don Mattingly gives us an update on any contract talks with the Dodgers: "We've had discussions. Everything is going really well. Some confusion at the end of the year. I've had good talk with Stan [Kasten] and Ned [Colletti], actually with Mark Walter, Todd Boehly; just about where we're going as an orginization. That's the main thing. Just want to make sure you're in a place where you're wanted, and a team has a confidence in you."
With that domino following, Wilson and the Los Angeles Dodgers were next to be "close" on a new contract, a deal first reported by Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown. Wilson, who joined the team midseason in 2013 as a setup man, was said to be looking for a closer's job and was in talks with Detroit. He pitched well for the Dodgers in 2013 coming off Tommy John surgery — 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings, plus six scoreless innings in the postseason.
Ned Colletti tells Petros and Money what made this season so tough: "Every year has a different year obviously. This year was probably had more excitement to it than almost any other year that I've been a part of. It also had the toughest stretches with a good team because we felt all along we had a good team."