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MLB roundup: Rays, DeJesus agree to extension

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Outfielder David DeJesus agreed to a contract extension this week with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The deal is for two years with an option for a third year, according to the Times, and the total package is worth $10.5 million, Fox Sports reported.

The team had earlier exercised a $6.5 million club option on DeJesus, who came to the Rays late last season from the Washington Nationals and played in 35 games.

The 33-year-old DeJesus batted .251 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs in 122 games last season for the Chicago Cubs, Nationals and Rays.

---Reckless driving and speeding charges against Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig were dropped by prosecutors in Chattanooga, Tenn., the Chattanoogan reported.

Puig was stopped in April when Chattanooga Police clocked him driving his car 97 mph in a 50 mph zone at 1 a.m. and going in and out of lanes. The police report stated that Puig was serving as the designated driver of the vehicle.

---The Houston Astrodome, once called the eighth wonder of the world, appears to be headed for the wrecking ball.

The city's voters rejected a referendum on Tuesday that would have approved $217 million in bonds to convert the former home of Major League Baseball's Astros and the NFL's Oilers into an events and convention center. Fifty-three percent voted it down.

Demolition of the stadium is not finalized. That decision rests with county officials.

---Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Monday near Denver, and he and co-owner Dick Monfort issued statements.

"I'm extremely disappointed in myself for the decision I made to drink and drive and the potential risk I caused to other innocent people," Charlie Monfort said in his statement. "I do understand the seriousness of my behavior and the issues that I am facing and I'm committed to do what's necessary to deal with my problem."

Dick Monfort said in his statement, "As troubling and intolerable as these actions are, I can tell you that I'm focused on helping Charlie get the resources he needs to overcome this problem."

---The Los Angeles Angels signed right-hander Chris Volstad to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, MLB.com reported.

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