A court document filed Friday revealed that Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig denied the Oakland A's request to move to San Jose.
The A's have been looking for a new home for the past several years. The team wants to move to San Jose but is in a territorial battle over the South Bay with the San Francisco Giants, who claim rights to the area.
The city of San Jose filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball to stop it from preventing the move. The lawsuit is ongoing, but a U.S. District Court document revealed that MLB claims Selig formally denied the A's move to San Jose on June 17 and that the ruling is final.
Selig's decision was made one day before San Jose's lawsuit was filed. According to the document, Selig notified the A's that he was not satisfied with their relocation proposal.
The A's recently signed a two-year lease extension to continue playing at O.com Coliseum through 2015.
---The New York Yankees announced Saturday that they re-signed right-handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed but media outlets reported that the deal is for one year and $16 million, with $500,000 available based on innings pitched.
Kuroda, 38, made $15 million last year when he went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA, the lowest among the team's starters. He also went over the 200-inning plateau for the third straight year. However, he was 0-6 with a 6.56 ERA in his final eight starts.
Before negotiating a new deal with the Yankees, Kuroda was considering retiring or returning to Japan.
Prior to joining the Yankees in 2012, Kuroda spent his previous four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 41-46 with a 3.45 ERA in 115 appearances.
Over six major-league seasons, Kuroda is 68-70 with a 3.40 ERA in 180 appearances -- all but one are starts. He made at least 30 starts and pitched more than 180 innings in five of those seasons.
---The Boston Red Sox announced the signing of right-handed relief pitcher Edward Mujica to a two-year contract Saturday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but ESPNBoston.com reported that the deal is worth $9.5 million.
Mujica, 29, closed for the St. Louis Cardinals this year before losing the job in September. He made just two appearances in the National League playoffs.
Mujica has struck out 350 batters and walked just 68 in 381 innings over eight seasons with four teams.
Mujica could be in the mix to pitch in the late innings, but the Red Sox are set with closer Koji Uehara and setup men Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow.
---Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz told radio station WEEI on Friday that the New York Yankees' loss of second baseman Robinson Cano to free agency is "great news for us."
Ortiz said the Yankees lost "the face" of their franchise when Cano reportedly agreed to terms on a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners on Friday.
"This guy hurt us," Ortiz said. "He is the guy that you're never going to forget about ... because he puts up some monster numbers. Now let's see how everything goes with him on the West Coast."
Ortiz said he was not surprised that Cano commanded such a large contract, but he was surprised that the Yankees did not re-sign him.
"I couldn't believe the Yankees let (him) walk away," he said. "He's the face, as long as he played for the Yankees, he was the face of that ballclub. He was backing up everybody."
ESPN reported Saturday that Cano will return to Seattle on Sunday and have a physical exam Monday to complete the third-largest contract in baseball history. It is tied with first baseman Albert Pujols' deal that he signed with the Los Angeles Angels after the 2011 season.
Third baseman Alex Rodriguez has the top two contracts in major-league history. He signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with the Yankees in 2007, replacing the 10-year, $252 million deal he signed with the Texas Rangers in 2000.
Ortiz called Cano's deal "well deserved."
"I'm telling you, I knew he was going to get something around that because he's one of the best players in the game right now and that's where the best players are at," Ortiz said. "The way he makes the game look, it's ridiculous. It's just impossible.
"He makes the game look so easy. ... Now, we're not going to be able to see him that much, thank God. He's going to the West Coast. Wishing him the best. He's a good friend of mine, and like I said, well deserved."
The 31-year-old Cano is a career .309 hitter with 204 home runs and 822 RBIs in nine seasons with the Yankees. He is also one of the top defensive second basemen in the American League and has proved to be durable, playing in a minimum of 159 regular-season games the past seven years. In the past four seasons, Cano finished among the top six in the AL MVP voting.
Cano played in 160 games and batted .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs this year.