Second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jacoby Ellsbury were among 13 Major League Baseball players who turned down $14.1 million qualifying offers from their teams, clearing them to negotiate with other clubs on the free-agent market.
The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox tendered one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers to three of their free agents: outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew.
The Texas Rangers will have outfielder Nelson Cruz back from a 50-game suspension as they host the Tampa Bay Rays in a winner-takes-all tiebreaker to decide the American League’s final wild card playoff berth.
The Texas Rangers took a 2-0 lead against the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series as Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history to secure a 7-3 win in 11 innings.
Nelson Cruz hit a postseason record sixth home run and Michael Young drove in five as the Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 15-5 to win their second consecutive American League pennant and a spot in the World Series.
Ryan Braun will miss the final 65 games of the season after becoming the first in a potential group of Major League Baseball players to be banned for their connections to a clinic accused of distributing performance- enhancing drugs.