Nov 1 (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees announced Friday that they re-signed shortstop Derek Jeter to a one-year, $12 million contract.
Jeter is coming off a season in which he batted just .190 in only 63 at-bats with eight runs, one double, one home run and seven RBIs over 17 games. He spent four stints on the disabled list and missed 145 games, mainly recovering from a broken ankle sustained in the 2012 playoffs.
Over his 19-year career, Jeter, 39, has batted .312 with 3,316 hits, 1,876 runs, 525 doubles, 65 triples, 256 home runs, 1,261 RBIs and 348 stolen bases over 2,602 games.
He is ninth on Major League Baseball's all-time hits list and leads all active players.
Left-handed pitcher Johan Santana officially became a free agent after the New York Mets declined his $25 million option for 2014. Instead, the Mets paid him a $5.5 million buyout.
Santana, 34, missed the entire 2013 season following shoulder surgery, and it's unclear whether he will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.
Santana last pitched in a major-league game on August 17, 2012.
The Cleveland Indians exercised the 2014 club option on right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez but he voided the contract, the team announced.
The team also declined a club option on outfielder Jason Kubel.
Both players are free agents.
Jimenez turned down the $8 million option but could be offered a $14 million qualifying offer by the club, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jimenez went 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts this season.
Chicago White Sox minor league right-handed pitcher Nicholas Blount and Chicago Cubs minor league shortstop Elliot Soto were each suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.
The suspensions are effective at the beginning of next season.
The Oakland A's exercised the options on outfielder Coco Crisp and pitcher Brett Anderson but declined the options on catcher Kurt Suzuki and outfielder Chris Young.
Crisp will make $7.5 million and Anderson will earn $8 million.
The A's decided to buy out Suzuki for $650,000 instead of paying him $8.5 million, and they bought out Young for $1.5 million instead agreeing to a $11 million option.
Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who spent the final four months of the season on the disabled list, exercised a $13 million player option to remain with the Pirates in 2014.
Rodriguez, 34, went 6-4 with 3.59 ERA in 12 starts in 2013 before elbow problems ended his season in early June.
San Diego Padres executive Brad Ausmus was in Chicago to interview for the Cubs' managerial job, according to CBSSports.com.
The Cubs have interviewed six candidates, including Ausmus. The others are Padres executive A.J. Hinch, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, former Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta and former Seattle Mariners and Indians manager Eric Wedge. (Editing by Frank Pingue)