MLB notebook: Owners approve 5-year term for new commissioner
• Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Manfred, who has worked for MLB since 1998, was chosen to replace the 80-year-old Selig in August over Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. He will assume office Jan. 25.
• Giancarlo Stanton will pay more in taxes than 24 Major League Baseball teams pay their players. The Marlins outfielder signed a 13-year, $325 million contract, the richest in North American sports history. Stanton will surrender about $141 million, or 43.3 percent of the total after federal, state, city and payroll taxes, according to Robert Raiola, a certified public accountant who specializes in sports and entertainment. That brings Stanton’s total haul to about $184.1 million.
• The Marlins reportedly made offers to free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche , a two-year offer worth $20 million, and are set to make a run at veteran right-hander James Shields.
• Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said he has been given “every indication” free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval will give careful consideration to re-signing with the World Series champions and could decide on contract offers as soon as Thanksgiving.
• The Nationals are telling teams right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is available for a trade, USA Today reported. Zimmermann, 28, went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 2014.
• Orioles first baseman Chris Davis expressed regret for the 25-game suspension he received for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption, MASNsports.com reported. “I haven’t really talked a lot about it,” Davis said during an interview with a contemporary Christian music station. “I didn’t want to take the focus off what the team was doing, but eventually I knew that I was going to have to address it and I wanted to. I think the fans deserve an explanation. I think they want to know what happened.”