San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum, a former Washington Husky, headed 142 baseball players filing for arbitration and might get a record offer when figures are exchanged next week. He made $13.1 million last year.
Lincecum heads arbitration list
San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum headed 142 players filing for arbitration Friday — and the former Washington Husky might get a record offer when figures are exchanged next week.
The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner made $13.1 million last season, completing a two-year deal worth $23.2 million.
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The highest offer by a team to a player in arbitration is the $14.25 million the New York Yankees offered to shortstop Derek Jeter in 2001.
Other players set to swap figures Tuesday include NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Andre Ethier; Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels; and catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli of Texas.
Three Mariners pitchers filed — Brandon League, Jason Vargas and Shawn Kelley.
Wood, Wilson to stay put
Among free agents, reliever Kerry Wood and shortstop Jack Wilson are returning to teams they played for last year.
Wood, 34, agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. Ex-Mariner Wilson, 34, has a $1 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Meanwhile, a source said free-agent slugger Prince Fielder is in Texas to talk with the two-time American League champion Rangers.
Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes said six big-league teams are interested in him once he becomes a free agent: Miami, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs and White Sox.
Report: Yankees to add Kuroda
The Yankees reportedly agreed to terms with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, 36, on a $10 million, one-year deal, assuming he passes a physical.
Kuroda was 41-46 with a 3.45 earned-run average in four seasons with the Dodgers.
Cubs’ Castro talks with police
Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, 21, said he has cooperated with authorities investigating an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman last fall. He has not been charged with a crime.
Emmert gets contract extension
Mark Emmert did enough in his first 17 months as NCAA president to get a 24-month extension.
The executive committee unanimously approved a deal to keep the 59-year-old Emmert, previously the University of Washington president, in office through October 2017.
Every leads Sony Open by 2
Matt Every, who was suspended for three months after being jailed in 2010 on a misdemeanor drug-possession charge, shot a 6-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu.
Every was at 10-under 130 after two rounds in the PGA Tour’s first full-field event of the season.
David Hearn (66) and Carl Pettersson (67) were tied for second place. Kyle Stanley (68) of Gig Harbor was tied for seventh at 134.
Golfers with scores of 140 and worse missed the cut, a group that included former Washington Huskies Richard H. Lee (70-73 — 143) and Troy Kelly (72-74 — 146).
Penguins’ Crosby skates
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, 24, skated for the first time in more than a month.
Crosby, who continues to recover from a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms, hasn’t played since Dec. 5 because the symptoms that kept him sidelined for nearly a year returned.
In other injury-related news, Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo will have season-ending knee surgery Tuesday and Columbus center Jeff Carter is listed as week to week because of a separated shoulder.
Azarenka defeats Li in Sydney
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus beat 2011 champion Li Na of China 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 for the Sydney International singles title in Australia.
The Australian Open, the year’s first major tournament, starts Sunday in Melbourne.
Daytona speeds exceed 200 mph
NASCAR drivers Kurt Busch (206.058 mph) and Kyle Busch (205.813) exceeded 205 mph in a test session at Daytona in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest event, is Feb. 26.
Mike Helton, NASCAR president, indicated speeds might decline when teams return for the Daytona 500.
• American driver Robby Gordon won the 12th stage and Stephane Peterhansel of France kept his overall lead in the Dakar Rally.
In motorbikes, defending champ Marc Coma of Spain regained the overall lead from Cyril Despres of France with a stage victory. The rally ends Sunday in Lima, Peru.
• Boxer Amir Khan of England was granted a rematch against American Lamont Peterson by the WBA.
Khan lost his WBA and IBF belts to Peterson on a controversial split decision after being docked two points for pushing in a Dec. 10 fight in Washington, D.C.
• Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, 29, remains in critical condition after having surgery Wednesday in Salt Lake City to repair a tear to an artery that caused bleeding in her brain. She was injured while practicing Tuesday.
• Skier Ivica Kostelic of Croatia won a World Cup super-combined race in Wengen, Switzerland, edging Beat Feuz of Switzerland and American Bode Miller.
• Cathleen Martini of Germany won her third consecutive bobsled World Cup race with a victory in Koenigssee, Germany. Bree Schaaf of Bremerton placed 15th.
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