October 1, 2014

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Baseball notes: Sox let Podsednik go

Outfielder Scott Podsednik was cut by the White Sox, who no longer had a spot for the catalyst of their 2005 World Series championship team.
The 31-year-old never regained the form he showed in 2005, when he batted .290 and stole 59 bases, the second-highest total in franchise history. He hit a pair of home runs during the playoffs, including a game-ending drive in Game 2 of the World Series against Houston.
Chicago designated him for assignment and has 10 days to trade him or release him.
The White Sox also purchased the contracts of catcher Cole Armstrong and right-handers Jack Egbert, Lucas Harrell and Adam Russell.
Lowell finalizes $37.5M 3-year deal
World Series MVP Mike Lowell and the Boston Red Sox finalized their $37.5 million, three-year contract on Tuesday.
In the three weeks since winning their second championship in four seasons, the Red Sox have re-signed their two biggest free agents, Lowell and pitcher Curt Schilling, and exercised options on Tim Wakefield and Julian Tavarez.
Lowell, 33, who made $9 million this season, had sought four guaranteed years and might have gotten it elsewhere.
Rogers asks Tigers to give him time
Kenny Rogers is representing himself in negotiations with the Detroit Tigers and hopes the team will be patient with him as he learns his new craft.
Rogers and Tigers president Dave Dombrowski had a talk Monday aimed at bringing the pitcher back for a third season in Detroit.
“I did speak with Dave just to let him know I need to get up to speed on my new job, so I need some time to do so,” Rogers wrote Tuesday morning in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
Agent Scott Boras had been representing Rogers, who made it clear throughout the year that if he chose to pitch again he wanted to do it in Detroit. The 43-year-old left-hander indicated last week that he still hoped to wear a Tigers uniform in 2008.
Yankees awaiting
Pettitte decision
Andy Pettitte has become the next offseason focus for the Yankees, now that Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada have decided to return to the Bronx.
Pettitte declined his $16 million option, saying he needed more time to decide whether he wanted to retire or return for a 14th major league season.
“I talked to Andy once. I will talk to him after Thanksgiving,” new manager Joe Girardi said. “I think it`s very important that he comes back because I think he knows the Yankee way, and I think that he was a big plus in the clubhouse as well as on the field.”
 Founder of Israeli league facing  lawsuit
The founder of Israel`s financially struggling professional baseball league is being sued by a Florida woman who claims he defrauded her of the $275,000 she invested in his bagel business and used the money for personal expenses and to support the league.
Natalie Blacher is asking for the return of her investment along with interest and lawyer`s fees in the suit against Lawrence Baras of Brookline, Mass. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Boston in September.
Reached at his home, Baras said Blacher`s allegations are “absolutely, 100 percent, not true.”
Mets deal Mota
to Brewers for Estrada
The Mets acquired Johnny Estrada from Milwaukee for reliever Guillermo Mota, moving quickly to plug their hole at catcher after talks with Yorvit Torrealba collapsed.
The 31-year-old Estrada batted .278 with 10 homers and 54 RBIs for the Brewers this year. He can become a free agent after the 2008 season.
Cubs president
McDonough resigns
From the Cubs to the Blackhawks, McDonough makes a move
John McDonough`s job title stays the same. By moving just a few miles across town, though, he`s got a new team to run in an entirely different sport.
McDonough resigned as president of the Chicago Cubs – a team that is up for sale – to take a similar position with the Chicago Blackhawks, who offered him a multiyear contract he couldn`t pass up.
ALDS bug spray
up for auction
 Start the bidding on Yankees bug spray.
Who could forget New York rookie Joba Chamberlain getting doused with pest repellant during the American League playoffs last month? Well, here`s your chance to own an authentic bottle.
A can of bug spray used in the Yankees’ dugout when those tiny midges swarmed Cleveland`s Jacobs Field will be among the items up for bid in a Major League Baseball auction of memorabilia from the 2007 postseason.
Surely, it`s the perfect gift this holiday season.