Representatives for marquee free agent second baseman Robinson Cano engaged the New York Mets in an effort to drum up interest and potentially a rival bidder for the New York Yankees' All-Star.
Cano, 31, is the prize of the 2013 offseason, but he's reportedly asking for a 10-year, $300 million contract that would trump the $275 million payday the Los Angeles Angels awarded Albert Pujols in 2011.
ESPN New York first reported that Jay-Z, a member of Cano's representation, had dinner with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco for dinner Monday night to discuss Cano.
--The San Francisco Giants and Tim Hudson finalized a two-year, $23 million contract Tuesday, and the free agent right-hander is ready for a new chapter in his career at age 38.
"I look at it as an opportunity for my family to experience something different," Hudson said.
--Major League Baseball announced that the 2014 Civil Rights Game will be hosted by the Houston Astros on May 30 at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros will play the Baltimore Orioles.
The Civil Rights Game is a "tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans" and includes several days of events, including a youth clinic and awards luncheon.
The game is in its eighth year and will be televised by the MLB Network.