Utilityman Chad Pinder reached a $2,275,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics a day before Wednesday's deadline for teams to offer deals to unsigned players on their rosters. In addition, right-hander Burch Smith agreed to a $705,000, one-year deal. Pinder returned from a hamstring injury to help Oakland in the playoffs.
Left-hander Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals have finalized an $18 million, two-year deal, reuniting the 32-year-old starter with the club that helped him revive his career. Kansas City announced the signing Monday, bringing in the 2019 All-Star to boost a rotation that leaned largely on unproven youngsters in 2020. ''We know we needed to add a starter to our young rotation,'' Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.
Russia's suspended athletics federation on Monday elected 50-year-old Pyotr Ivanov, the head of the triathlon federation, as its new president as it aims to be reinstated by the sport's world governing body. The federation was suspended in 2015 after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping among track and field athletes. It paid a multi-million-dollar fine in August to avoid expulsion by World Athletics, the sport's international governing body.