BOSTON (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Boston Red Sox have agreed to send outfielder 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox would also send away left-hander David Price in a salary dump designed to save Boston tens of millions of dollars and help them dip below baseball’s luxury tax threshold. The Dodgers are sending outfielder Alex Verdugo back to the Red Sox in a deal that also involves the Minnesota Twins, who are getting right-hander Kenta Maeda from Los Angeles and sending pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.
NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players’ association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school’s winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as Michigan State’s coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have dismissed team president Steve Mills with the franchise on the verge of missing the NBA playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. General manager Scott Perry will handle basketball operations while the Knicks began a search for a new president, two months after firing coach David Fizdale. The Knicks are 15-36 this season, Mills’ third in charge after replacing Phil Jackson.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a contract extension for head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn is 27-24 in three seasons with the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 mark and a berth in the AFC divisional round in 2018, but the Chargers fell to 5-11 this past season. Lynn had one year left on his contract.